By: Ali Van Houten
AtYyA recently released his first studio effort of the new year, an EP entitled Aurical, on Merkaba Music, the mindful music label that boasts such artists as Kalya Scintilla and Kaminanda.
From the first notes, the EP is fueled by organic sounds that veer towards the low end. The four-track album takes you on trip through the jungles of the future, with plenty of psychedelic bleeps and pounding rhythms.
“Aurical” primes your ear with an auditory divination for what’s to come on the rest of the album, while the second track “Movement” is a slow growing catalyst that picks up right where part one ends and kicks it up a notch. Track two amplifies the energy with a meld of syncopated synths and futuristic bass. And if “Movement” reminds you even slightly of creepy creatures crawlin’, “Immortal” is thoroughly infused with intense alien feels. The fourth and final track closes out the album in epic style, with dreamy interludes and deep bass wobbles.
This budding artist, pronounced “Ah-Tye-Ah,” sounds like Merkaba and Dimond Saints reproduced on an exotic extraterrestrial planet. If you’re into it, AtYaA is slated to tour behind his debut album, which is due out sometime this year. Until then, this beauty of an EP will tide you over.
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