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kevin auld I've been into Icelandic music for many years- aedena cycle onwards. Could probably spend an entire evening these days listening to nothing but seriously high quality electronica originating from reykavik or nearby. Yagya is as good as anything I've heard from the island thus far. And I think this may be his masterpiece.
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Lanternwick Just bought the 3xLP vinyl. This album is a masterpiece. It's impossible to choose a favourite, ALL the tracks are incredible. I can't wait for the vinyl to arrive. I'll update this review then.
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Adam Parker My co-worker and I both downloaded the whole album after hearing this. I purchased it here on bandcamp. So chill, free and clear. Thanks for translating such beauty to musical life Favorite track: Sleepygirl 2.
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Sleepygirl 1 06:00
Sleepygirl 2 05:32
Sleepygirl 3 06:37
Sleepygirl 4 05:31
Sleepygirl 5 06:06
Sleepygirl 6 05:29
Sleepygirl 7 05:47
Sleepygirl 8 06:22
Sleepygirl 9 05:40


In June 2014, Icelandic producer Yagya will release his fifth album, Sleepygirls, across three slabs of vinyl and one mixed CD on Dutch label Delsin. It's a deep, spacious and dubbed out affair that stays locked at a pleasingly sedentary tempo throughout.

Since 2002 the definitive member of the Thule Musik collective has been crafting lush electronic albums under his Yagya alias and always manages to find pure bliss and beauty and his simple, nature inspired soundscapes. He deals exclusively in full lengths and to date they have come on labels like Sending Orbs, Force Inc. and Subwax Bcn.

"I wanted to create an album that's atmospheric, repetitive, and easy to listen to over and over again," says the man himself. "Something that works well in the background (e.g. when concentrating on work), as well as up close in a big sound system. I also wanted to learn how to make my music sound better than before, since I'm a huge sound-nerd, so that was a part of the goal for me personally."

The album is a fine fusion of tropes from Yagya's earlier albums, features jazz instrumentalists that improvise beautiful melodies over monotonic, almost drone-like, techno beats and also uses live recordings of Japanese vocals, saxophone and guitar to counter the repetitiveness of the rhythms.

Right from the rolling bliss of the opener, you're suspended in a womb like pillow of sound that is soft, warm and serenely beautiful. As tracks roll on, the pace stays the same but themes vary from upright and summery to more elongated and insular. This is natural, organic dub that is a delight and a pleasure to listen to.

The vinyl versions of each track have been specially mixed with random LFOs, sonic quirks and unique fingerprints making them the subtly different to the CD version, but overall this is a brain soothing and mind melting album that can soundtrack lazy days, long summer afternoons and warm winter evenings in equal style.


Sleepygirl 2:
Co-written by Rimacona (Natsuko Yanagimoto, Marihiko Hara) and Asgeir Asgeirsson
Lyrics and vocals by NATSUKO aka Rimacona
Guitar by Asgeir Asgeirsson

Sleepygirl 4:
Co-written by Rimacona (Natsuko Yanagimoto, Marihiko Hara)
Lyrics and vocals by NATSUKO aka Rimacona

Sleepygirl 8:
Co-written by Óskar Guðjónsson
Saxophone by Óskar Guðjónsson

Sleepygirl 9:
Co-written by Hatis Noit
Lyrics and vocals by Hatis Noit


released June 16, 2014


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Yagya Reykjavík, Iceland

Yagya (Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson) has been creating atmospheres through melody and sounds for about two decades.

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