yndi halda – ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’

A little over two years ago, I was fortunate enough to see yndi halda at The Boileroom in Guildford, Surrey. Along with a group of close friends, we let go for a night and allowed ourselves to become fully immersed in a live performance that touched the entire audience. I’d known of yndi halda since my earliest explorations into post-rock. A year or so later, the band hailing from Canterbury, UK, announced a new EP titled ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’, which would go on to be released on Athens-based label, Sound in Silence Records, towards the end of February 2018 in a stunning limited edition run of hand-crafted CDrs.

Outside of my usual reviewing habits, but not at all far from my day-to-day listening, yindi halda present a beautiful documentation of their continuously progressing song-writing skills, featuring laid back drums, delicate string arrangements, and soothing vocals that guide me right back to that long-awaited evening in Spring of 2016. ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’ appears as a single, long-form track just shy of twelve minutes in duration; within it, the mellow sound of the six-piece led by James Vella is a sound of mutual musical exchange and understanding. Uplifting choruses, subtle guitar hooks, and intricate interactions between the members make for an enjoyable listening experience.

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The mournful, cinematic elements associated with yndi halda are not lost, as the violin work of Daniel Neil is brought to the forefront, signalling a gradual reduction leaving a rhythmic and well-harmonised vocal section. From there, a steady and lengthy instrumental ‘outro’ slowly brings the EP to rest.

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yndi halda – ‘A Sun-Coloured Shaker’ is available now in a limited edition run of hand-crafted CDrs and as a digital download via the Sound in Silence Records Bandcamp page.

 

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