Before their football team’s revelation at Euro 2016, Iceland’s two most famous assets were undoubtedly its music and scenery. For the musicians and producers responsible for this supposed tourist attraction, there also lies a pressure to conform to the notion of reflecting the environment through their work, but what if they just want to do their own thing, irrespective of a scene or movement?
Ólafur Arnalds touched on this in his recent interview on Worldwide FM, and we also got the impression speaking to Yagya last year as part of his Stamp Mix. His introverted, armchair brand of techno has readily been seen as a product of its environment and, while it’s hard not to imagine vast, beautiful landscapes when listening to his catalogue of work, he’s keen to just let emotions guide his music. His last album, Sleepygirls, wasn’t short of it, and his follow-up also on Delsin, thankfully continues the trend. Stars and Dust is the album and ‘Crepsular Rays Over the Horizon’ is one of our standouts, which combines a tender piano melody with elongated strings and vocals swaying to the motion of a deep and dubby rhythm underneath. Simultaneously calming, inspiring and uplifting, this whole album deserves your full attention.