The latest from Portland soundscape artist Yaara Valey (formerly Indira Valey), Yemas is a series of seven short rituals offering brief peeks into alternate dimensions, past lives, and dream worlds.
Recorded by Nicholas Wilbur at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington.
All compositions, vocals, poetry, and instrumentation by Indira Valey.
Except percussion on "Hold" by Jesse Carsten.
Mixed by Nate Mendelsohn.
Cover photo by Hunter Faacks.
Released in collaboration with Spirit House Records.
released August 31, 2019
"Valey set out to build an intricate musical world with Yemas and it is well worth a visit." - Bandcamp Daily
"dream shards and wispy memories of clubs at night. Most projects of this nature have a wholly ethereal feel to them, but Valey's voice and some of the musical settings evince a somewhat earthy (and in spots, almost bluesy) quality that is unusual. It's as though her work emerges from a smoky room rather than the sun-dappled peaks which are the home turf for most of her folkier kin. Kinda slinky. I like it!" - The Wire
"[A] fusion of ethereal melodies, poetic writing and a whole range of textures and tones, layered over one another in translucent layers like ghostly strata of bygone times...Yemas is continually shifting, never settling into an easily-defined shape." - Various Small Flames
"The Portland based artist builds her powerful compositions from the ground up, paying close attention to the interplay between looped choral vocals and intricate instrumentation." - Tome to the Weather Machine's Best of 2019
"A kind-hearted ghost that emerges gracefully from textured mists." - Autumn Roses
"With calculated stagger and lean might, PDX’s Indira Valey is a true Drunken Master in vocal acrobatics, her playfully unassuming baritone delivery but a red herring of a focal point, casting abstract symbols down below to get colored in, obfuscated, and all but obliterated under the ensuing tidal wave of her enchantingly chanting Fursaxan/Sacred Harp-ian choirs, bells, tribal rhythms, and barebones electric guitar accents all frolicking in a swirling hertz-o-sphere of crystalline treble." - Jacob An Kittenplan, Cassette Gods
"Fans of Julianna Barwick, Circuit des Yeux and Ian William Craig should take note." - Tome to the Weather Machine
"Like a collection of séances more so than a collection of songs, Yemas taps into that natural ancient elemental aura, weaving gossamer atomic threads and connecting them via symbols and runes, a pagan call to action, or at least to attention and remembrance. This incredible celebration of life and physical and mental connection through secret and universal language fills you with its magic and its joy, lifting you from an existence marked with meaningless drudgery into a realm where so much more matters...you might even come out the other side forever changed in some way." - Ryan Masteller, Cassette Gods
Our long-running compilation series. Over the years has had tracks by artists like Broken Water, David Thomas Broughton, and Stephen Steinbrink, and members of Grass Widow, The Lowest Pair, and Lake. Antiquated Future Records
It took me a few listens to “get” this, even though it exists in a musical community I think of as relatively familiar. But there is something about “~~~” that feels a part of my own existence, even though there is no overlap between this artist’s life and my own. This is maybe where the magic is...a cosmic voice of sorts that shows us we originate from the same dust and answer to the same call. bzztm-bzztj
I wish i had an empty ballroom or music hall to listen to this in. I love the reoccuring Heartache and the big brass sounds and distortion. It feels so terrifying. My heart goes out to those suffering from dementia or knows anyone whos suffering. discount-teeth