Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying the sounds of yOya on my last mixtape with their track, “Fireworks”. I first heard the duo last September via their solid EP, the yOya EP. Their early tracks showed promise amid acoustic and indie rock stylings. Now Alex Pfender (lead vocals/guitar) and Noah Dietterich (vocals/keys) return with the full length album, Nothing To Die.
Nothing To Die picks up where the EP left off, but shows growth in sound by melding folk with electronic elements and an MPC beat machine (popular drum machine in the land of hip-hop). Some might worry that these new additions could take away from the rawness of the material, but it actually enhances the music. A track from the EP, “Blood River” even gets a polished update on the full length. “Crybaby Bridge” is a stripped down affair with earnest songwriting full of imagery and history. The heartfelt track is based on an eerie urban legend that is especially fitting. “New Years Morning” has more solid storytelling, but has a toe-tapping pace. More uptempo tracks like “Fireworks” and synth-filled “Lovers On” highlight yOya’s admitted influence from The Dodos and are required multiple listenings. Overall, a well-rounded initial offering in what looks like a promising feature for the duo.
Want to bolster your budding vinyl collection?? yOya is partnering with yours truly to giveaway the vinyl 7″ single of “Fireworks” to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment and include your e-mail on the form. To be fair, yOya will be picking the winner at random and you’ll get an option to join their e-newsletter. Contest ends September 9th.
If you don’t win, yOya will also be having an in-store release at Origami in Los Angeles. Meet them there on Friday, September 17th with Ana Carvelle.