yndi halda – “Together Those Leaves” (Stereogum Premiere)

Yndi halda haven’t released a full-length album since their somewhat self-titled 2006 debut Enjoy Eternal Bliss (yndi halda is Old Norse for “enjoy eternal bliss”). The UK quintet is set to release their sophomore effort Under Summer this spring, and their 10-year evolution is easily apparent. The band started recording tracks for Under Summer almost immediately after their debut, but their sound has expanded both in sensibility and technique. Their debut was recorded quickly on a mobile setup, but the upcoming album developed in three different studios with three producers and incorporated some home recording. With four of five members residing in Brighton, it is much easier for them to get together these days, and that intimacy and cohesiveness shines through on their lead single “Together Those Leaves.”

The song is a gorgeous 10 and a half minutes of exquisite arrangement. Classical strings, reverbed guitars, grand piano chords, and subdued drums fluctuate in energy. The quiet moments where the soft harmonies take a gentle command of the song are just as beautiful as the more dynamic moments that feel so full they might burst. The decade-long gestation has definitely done wonders for their sound. Check it out below.

UK tour dates:

03/25 Guildford, UK @ The Boileroom
03/26 Leeds, UK @ The Brudenell
03/28 Leicester, UK @ Firebug
03/30 Brighton, UK @ The Hope
03/31 Cardiff, UK @ The Moon
04/01 London, UK @ Oslo

Under Summer is out 3/4 on Burnt Toast Vinyl/Big Scary Monsters. Pre-order is available here.

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