Icelandic trio aYia have dropped a stunning taster for their self-titled debut album in the form of Slow – an intoxicating take on trip hop infused experimental electronica. It comes replete with a visually arresting video by Alexandre Souêtre.
It’s often said that trip hop has a cinematic quality to it, but Slow takes that concept and dials it up a couple of notches and then some. Think Massive Attack meeting Aphex Twin and creating a sound fit for a 3D IMAX experience and you get an idea of how the trio have taken elements of the genre and reworked it into something foreboding, expansive and enticing.
Coming off like a mix of Hollywood epic and art house psychological drama, Ásta Fanney, Kári Einarsson and Kristinn Roach have really raised the bar when creating a sound that aims to be both open and challenging, like emotions transcribed in to musical form.