aya – ‘Emley lights us moor”

Listening to this song is like a sonic version of rubbernecking. You don’t want to listen, but you listen anyway. Jagged, disconcerting, thrilling, and repulsive. Is it possible to feel so many contradicting emotions during a song? On the debut album im hole, Aya (fka LOFT), emerges as one of the most captivating electronic producers in the current UK scene. This song, Emley lights us moor (feat Iceboy Violet) is the first single. The sonic landscape is more sound design than instrumentation. Clicks and stuttering snippets of digital noise underpin songs with little in the way of the traditional structure apart from a drone that comes and goes like a wandering ghost. Aya manages this high-wire act by delivering a series of personal vignettes in a clipped whisper where the breaths are as integral to the sound as the words. And the words are what elevates this album from the merely interesting. The lyrics have been released as a book of poetry. The music is not easy on the ear, but like so many pioneers, many of these innovative sounds and production techniques will end up on the albums of tomorrow’s more commercial peers. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I have a feeling no one will come close to the sound of this remarkable record.

@aya #aya #loft

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