YUKI is the debut solo record by Basel-based multidisciplinary artist Yanik Soland. Inspired by film scores and sound design, YUKI is a 40 minute audio-piece in 11 chapters. Musical characters, each assigned a specific sound (such as a sampled quarter tone cembalo or synth voices) reappear across the chapters.
With a background playing bass in bands, Soland utilises various collaborative modes on YUKI: his partner Marianna Angel appears on overdubbed iPhone-recorded piano, Stefan Tcherepnin plays guitar over one chapter, and a rehearsal recording with Gleb Glonti forms the canvas for another.
YUKI—the name Soland’s parents had planned to give him, if he were a girl—is Japanese for snow, snow-princess or luck, and is here used as an alter ego within Soland's practice. YUKI’s touchstones include Laurie Spiegel, Mark Fisher, Ruins, Dean Blunt, Maryanne Amacher, Tyler The Creator, Heather Leigh and Györgi Ligeti.
released December 6, 2021
All songs written and performed by Yanik Soland
A4 - iPhone 6s recording of Marianna Angel playing Alexander Scriabin (op. 17 no. 3)
B1 - guitars played by Stefan Tcherepnin
B6 - includes parts of a studio live session with Gleb Glonti in Basel, 2018
Analog, modular and softwaresynthesizers, ASMR Koto (self-built instrument), toys, flutes, keys, percussion, drumcomputer, digital and human voice, sampler, field recordings, guitars and E-Bass
Mixed by Yanik Soland
Mastered by Felix-Florian Tödtloff
Artwork by Yanik Soland
Design by Koos Siep
Text by Luzie Meyer
A project by Yanik Soland
Printed in an edition of 150
Futura Resistenza, Brussels/Rotterdam, 2021