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Under Summer by Yndi Halda

Under Summer
Date: 
March 4, 2016
Writer: 
Adam Millard
7.5

The gist

A long long long awaited second album

The music

Eight years on from their debut (a feat that surpasses the likes of The Stone Roses and Elastica, but not Guns n Roses in terms of "difficult" follow ups), Yndi Halda are back with their second LP Under Summer. There doesn't seem to be any real reason for their extended hiatus, certainly none that's mentioned in the notes that accompany this release (and recent interviews seem few and far between), maybe they are just extreme procrastinators. They are here now though, and that is probably the only thing that matters. The band have mustered 4 (yes FOUR) new tracks that make up this release. To be fair to them, the four tracks are all at least ten minutes in length which is exactly how we like it round here.

What's almost immediately clear from listening to these recordings is that Yndi Halda seem blissfully happy to paddle in the lighter end of the post-rock pool. In fact, even though this band have clear and defining elements that make them a definite post-rock band, they seem a million miles away from their great forefathers of Slint, Godspeed and Mogwai. This is post-rock of the variety that slips between melancholic and euphoric. Music in the vein of Explosions In The Sky and Sigor Ros, in that it manages to be uplifting without slipping off the edge of the precipice into a cavern of Coldplay goo. A tricky act to pull off. The strings are lush, and perfectly complimentary to the more traditional rock elements, and the vocals are infrequent and hushed in a way that could send you to sleep if it wasn't for the stark moments of intensity. Each song sweeps you away into a dreamy non-reality, lightyears away the world that we live in today. It's escapism in the simplest form. The orchestral arrangements are quite stunning, used sparingly and brought in to ramp up the tension, and it gets you every time. The guitars, whilst never ground-breaking, still do a proficient job of reeling you in with their moments of quiet bliss and mild anger.

Yes, Yndi Haldi inhabit their own small corner of the quiet-loud-quiet world and long may they continue in doing so. A well crafted and enjoyable second effort.