Published Jan 31, 2019Yamila's debut, Iras Fajro, fills a space between electronic and analogue, and elegantly displays the craft and technique that's been poured into this release. Based between Belgium, Holland and Spain, the Spanish producer, composer, cellist and singer has created numerous contemporary dance productions in recent years, along with audio-visual projects presented at various festivals across Europe.
Yamila's latest endeavour shifts her talents from the world of performance art and focuses them into a full-length album. Iras Fajro revels in darkly atmospheric soundscapes that the weight of expansive percussive elements and grace of delicate vocals add a necessary headiness to. Yamila's occasional, and gorgeous, use of cello is often haunting, providing depth to an already lusciously-saturated album. Single "Antrik," for example, uses ethereal synths alongside resounding percussive smacks, but as the track progresses broad swaths of melancholic cello take the lead, effectively completing the song.
Iras Fajro is beautifully executed and lends a creative nod to the likes of Bjӧrk and contemporaries. (Forbidden Colours)