Premiere: NYX – Somme

In a bid to be proactive and inspire positivity during these uncertain times, London-based electronic drone choir NYX have shared an EP of sketches, demos and rehearsal recordings created over the last two years. Suitably dubbed as “music to go within when you can’t go out”, the EP brings together three healing, ambient soundscapes that are equal parts euphoric and cathartic.

In light of the current Covid-19 lockdown, the collaborative female choir – who explore the experiential and otherworldly through extended vocal techniques and live electronics – will be donating 50% of the profits from the release to The Trussell Trust and the Samaritans, whilst the remaining 50% will go back into supporting the collective who have been left in a financially vulnerable position due to the current restrictions.

Our pick is opening track ‘Somme’, a 15 minute opus recorded during rehearsals last summer. Taken from the original soundtrack of the 2019 documentary Meetings With Remarkable Men, the track traces the experience of grief and ancestral trauma that comes with the human experience of war, and features the voice of the Vimy Ridge Memorial Statue that cries out over the battlefields of WW1 – grieving for her brother, her lover, her son, her father and the broken families left behind.

Sketches, demos, rehearsals is out now – grab your copy.

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