Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson a.k.a. Yagya
Icelandic producer Yagya (Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson) has been creating atmospheres through melody and sounds for more than a decade. A definitive member of the Thule Musik collective, Yagya also is known for the softer side of music and avoids heavy rhythms. A student of computer science at the University of Iceland Yagya spended his free time creating music on his computer. He concentrates on atmospheres and moods and tries to reflect the beauty of the world around him in the sounds of his music. His influences are the works of Gas, Philip Glass, Basic Channel, Brian Eno. On his 3rd album, Yagya concentrates on rain as Rigning means that in Icelandic. While listening to this album, I couldn’t tell if tell if the sound of the rain is coming from outside, or strictly from my headphones. The subdued dubbed out bass patterns and swelling pad sweeps shove me towards the lazy train against my will. The emphasis here is on the surronding atmosphere, since the background pulsing beat exists purely as the rhythmic glue around the wet structure. From beginning to end, the album is a complete conceptual piece wrapped around variations on the main theme, from simplistic track titles (counting up from one to ten) to careful selection of atmospheric elements, to delayed dub minor chords in maintained perfect harmony. It is an album you must hear in its entirety. Over and over.
Yagya is definitely in a class of his own when it comes to dub techno. The Rhythm of Snow and Will I Dream… were both albums full of elements of house, ambient and of course, techno. Highly recommended if you like Gas, Biosphere, Intrusion, Echospace and Basic Channel sound. Rigning sjo is already on my first Dub tech mix and so was Snowflake on the second volume from the album Rhythm of the snow.
Yagya : Rigning Sjö [Rigning : 2009 : Sending orbs]