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Yndi Halda


Post Rock/Math rock

4.01 | 46 ratings

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5 stars Enjoy eternal bliss? Thanks, already did!

Don’t ask me how I got this album, it is long and confusing story with somewhat criminal background :). I heard that YNDI HALDA is some kind of “if GY!BE is dark, than YNDI HALDA is light” kind of thing, so I expected some cheesy song-oriented pieces. Thanks God, there’s MySpace, always ready for response. I gave a listen to tracks posted there and my mind was lost. I got the album and now writing this review. Quite traditional and predictable way of things, isn’t it?

1. DASH AND BLAST (10/10) – after 2 minutes of ambiance the Music starts, one of the most beautiful and mellowest tunes I ever heard. After first (mid)climax the main theme begins again, a bit changed, altered, with new shades, new approach, and it brilliantly splashes into breath-holding climax, with choir this time and gentle violin line. Awesome.

2. WE FLOOD EMPTY LAKES (10/10) – from the very start an astonishing track. Deep strings, sustained guitars, marchy drumming – YNDI HALDA manage to make MUSIC from usual Post-Rock clichés, and their melodic gift is simply astounding. Another climax is worth of wait- very powerful coda.

3. A SONG FOR STARLIT BEACHES (7/10) – it’s not like I dislike this track…It’s beautiful, it has some vocals, and even out-of- tune violin serves well here. The problem is that this track (20 min long, btw!) was added in re-released versions of the album, so it sounds noticeably “out-of-place” here, despite the obvious yndihaldian vibe filling it from beginning to end. I mean, sometimes less is more and I recommend everyone to get 3-tracks edition best (forget your greed and leave this track to angels!).

4. ILLUMINATE MY HEART, MY DARLING! (10+/10) – named so sentimental, this is my favouritest track here (though they’re all great). Again slow-building textures, leading to inescapable climaxes, again stunning melodies and essential sense of taste, again few different moods finding harmony inside one piece of Music…genius, this is it.

Okay, first of all, this is not just “lighter GODSPEEDz”. I believe YNDI HALDA’s music is far more deeper, more opened and enjoyable (not “easier-to-get-into” though). If GY!BE were Yin, than YNDI HALDA is Yang. If GY!BE were an art-house movie, YNDI HALDA made a good yet reasonable final to it. If GY!BE were just WRITING the word “HOPE” on their screens, YNDI HALDA installed this vibe into every note they played. If GY!BE can be accused of hiding behind their ideas in lo-fi recordings and insane- preachers-samples, YNDI HALDA are more open as any other band in Post-Rock. They create music, not ideas. Sometimes it works much better, y’know.

Extremely recommended!!!

Prog-jester | 5/5 |


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