Mike Ersing, the mastermind behind Yes Yes, is either a brilliant poet or a raving madman, or perhaps both. The freak-folk troubadour moved from Buffalo, N.Y., to Savannah, Ga., to record his latest offering, Dogstar! Heal Your Weightlessness!.
Ersing writes like Kerouac, treading the line between sweetly composed and stream-of-consciousness poetry. “Ocean! Ocean!” and “Moksha” are perfect examples of the latter, with Ersing at a full-speed ramble. But he dials it back for songs like the delicate “Beautiful & True,” where he shows off his whistling, and the group singalong of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End.”
Dogstar! features an ensemble of featured players. Backup singers lend everything from gentle accompaniments to a full-on gospel choir, and Sean Cabral recites verses over the aptly titled, “A Poem, by Sean Cabral.”
Ersing is capable of playing both the collected poet and lunatic wordsmith, and Dogstar! Heal Your Weightlessness! excels in balancing the two.
Listen to both sides of Mike Ersing:
“Beautiful & True”
Dogstar! Heal Your Weightlessness! is available on iTunes.