Lavish, adventurous and unashamedly weird, Yemrot’s first album //The Sunken Garden// is one, as we used to say, for the heads. The brainchild of Margate-based multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tormey, it has occasional echoes of psych forebears like Kevin Ayers and Robert Wyatt, but Yemrot’s musical world is far stranger than that. Partly based around the escapades of the mysterious Dill Dandin and what happens when he dives into a giant sinkhole, //The Sunken Garden// has a mischievous twinkle in its eye.

I recorded this album during the first few months of Covid,” says Tormey. “During the recording I saw Elton John performing //I’m Still Standing// for a Covid relief thing on the BBC. He’d dragged a piano outside, in front of a basketball hoop, and sang //‘I’m Dill Dandin!’// repeatedly. The cruel part of me that I try to keep in check found it very funny. Dill became a mascot or a vehicle for my woes at the time.”

Not a concept album in the traditional sense, //The Sunken Garden// is still an immersive experience, with all manner of strange instrumentation and frequent sonic curveballs, like the strong whiff of dub reggae emanating from spiky opening track //Tomtom//. Almost entirely performed by Tormey alone, songs like sprawling centrepiece //The Ballad Of Dill Dandin// and the woozily melancholy //Big Tree// have a delighted, spontaneous feel to them. 

The album was recorded in my Dad’s old studio which was a mixture of old and new equipment. He passed away the year before I made the album and grieving was the driving force in making the album. The recording process was unusual because I had these ideas for songs but nobody to play them with, so I played everything myself, except the violin and viola which my mum helped with. I relied on the computer in a big way. It was lots of hitting ‘record’ on the computer and running to an instrument to play a part, over and over.”

Audibly blessed with a febrile imagination, Tormey comes across like an oblique ancestor of Syd Barrett or Robert Wyatt: creative forces that didn’t so much disregard genre boundaries as completely fail to acknowledge them in the first place. Not unreasonably, the Yemrot mastermind is not keen to define himself or his music.

Each time somebody asks me what kind of music I make I feel like I’m going to throw up,” he notes. “Probably because I’ve no idea how to describe it without sounding pretentious. Overall, I am more interested in trying to defy genre limitations. I want to /play/, in the childlike sense of the word, to experiment and have fun. I like all sorts of music. It’s all tension and release at the end of the day and despite my best intentions I am indeed pretentious.”

Currently working on new Yemrot music “with a bunch of pals”, Tormey clearly has more ideas than he knows what to do with, and a unique and endearingly eccentric way of bringing them to life. But despite superficial appearances, //The Sunken Garden// is definitely not the product of some wild, hallucinatory drug experience on Margate seafront. Probably.

My first psychedelic experience was the result of a pint of pure Ribena at the age of 6 or 7. I’ve circled a few voids as well as surfing a few sunbeams, and that’s probably impacted Yemrot through my mental well-being, but I don’t consider the music to be psychedelia. I’m more interested in the /surreal/. Margate is /confused/. It isn’t psychedelic, but it is home.”


Jimi Tormey (all instruments/vocals)


Singer/songwriter surrealism with a symphonic prog mindset


The Sunken Garden is out now


– Dom Lawson

From "Limelight - Yemrot" Prog Reprinted with permission.

TV’s Roger Marsh On The Radio – Episode 008: ‘Prog Magazine Limelight Bands’

July 10, 2023

First Broadcast 18th June 2023 PLAYLIST:  Rush – Limelight Cabiria – Cabiria                                 0 EBB – The Animal Said: “I” MOUNDRAG – The Hangman WIZRD – Spitfire Shell Beach – Miracle Misdemeanor Jan Rivera – Can’t Fight Who You Are Natt – Appell Yemrot – Learning to Lie / Learning to Fly / Learning to Die […]

PROGRESSIVE TRACKS SHOW #518 (“The Centenarian Effect”)

May 23, 2023

THE PROGRESSIVE TRACKS SHOW #518 (“The Centenarian Effect”) Mike does a rather reflective show to mark the birth of his parents… 100 years ago! But, how on Earth did that happen without Mike aging? PLAYLIST: Happy Rhodes – “100 Years” from Many Worlds Are Born Tonight on Samson Music (1998) [01:56] Polychrome – “Cycle Of Life” from Equilibrium […]

Prog-Watch 1020 – Variety (with New Prog Magazine Artists)

May 18, 2023

This week’s Prog-Watch is a straight-up variety program full of great contemporary progressive rock, some from artists featured in the April edition of Prog Magazine! I’ve got fantastic stuff from Matt Dorsey, Jan Rivera, ifsounds, Karda Estra, Cairo, Hög sjö, Chaos and the Cosmos, Ten Jinn, The Mousetrap Factory, Skeptosphere, The Dave Foster Band and […]


May 9, 2023

THE PROGRESSIVE TRACKS SHOW #516 (“Mealtime”) ​Listening to music can be a lot like dining:  You can either do it quickly/superficially… or with an intent to savor. Listening to Progressive Rock is like fine dining… there’s so much to explore with the senses. So pull up a chair and prepare to savor the sounds.  Mike has a place reserved for […]

Bobcast – Not The AmericanPrög Show 305 (28/04/23)

May 5, 2023

  The Sylvers – Stay Away From Me   Jethro Tull – Hammer on Hammer North Atlantic Oscillation – Cell Count Exploring Birdsong – Ever the Optimist    Wig Wam – Do Ya Wanna Taste It   Thundermother – Dog From Hell SharkTank – Jesus Made of Jelly Azure – Self-Crucifixion Ghost – Jesus He […]

Friday Night Live : Chapter 17 : 28-04-2023

May 4, 2023

                                                                                                        -Playlist : Chapter […]

Podcast 238: KrazzLoft Vinyl Show, April 30, 2023

May 1, 2023

The KrazzLoft Vinyl Show is broadcast live Sundays from the KrazzLoft Broadcasting Studio in Eastvale, California, USA. TITLE ARTIST ALBUM YEAR Day-O Harry Belafonte Harry Belafonte At Carnegie Hall 1959 Smile Boy Smile Budgie Impeckable 1978 Fire Dance Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Bent Out of Shape 1983 Walk These Streets Pearl Handled Revolver If the Devil […]

Podcast 045 : The Beginner’s Guide To Prog 26th April 2023

April 26, 2023

PLAYLIST: D_Drive – Begin Again Spriggan Mist – The Portal Exit Stage Left – Appleberry Trees Rush – The Garden Amoeba Split – Inner Driving Force Liebeskid – Big Black Bird Big Big Train – As The Crow Flies PROG MAGAZINE LIMELIGHT BANDS: Natt – Appell Hog Sjo – Buoyant Jan Rivera – Things That […]


April 18, 2023

Jim Morrison & the Doors – Awake Jiezuberband – Godma Caravela Escalate – Filtro dos sonhos Black sky giant – Planet terror Electric mud – Around the mind in 80 lies Matching Mole – Oh Caroline Egg – I will be absorbed Gong – Prostitutes poem Soft Machine – Out of season Magic Bus – […]

The Progressive Rock Show broadcast Sunday 16th April 2023

April 16, 2023

The Progressive Rock show track listing for Sunday 16th April 2023 Artist Title Year Time Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge Part 1 (2010 remix) 1974 19:21 Sara Dishart & Filthy Rich She Runs Wild 2023 2:40 Steven Wilson Belle de jour 2011 2:56 The Gentle Storm The Greatest Love 2015 4:06 Ivor Cutler Lemonade 1998 1:08 […]

Podcast 044 : The Beginner’s Guide To Prog 12th April 2023

April 12, 2023

PLAYLIST: Galahad – Alive Outstation – Captured Crown Lands – Context: Fearless Pt1 Beyond The Black – Is There Anybody Out There? Niacin – Elbow Grease Agamon – Sokrates Franck Carducci & Mary Reynaud – Artificial Paradises Carrie Martin – Keep In The Light Mike Stobbie – Exordium Versa – Lantern Season Prog Magazine – […]