Yanik Soland - YUKI

by Yanik Soland

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    notes towards a valuable chronicle

    1
    a mechanic
    a machinic unconscious
    vocal warm-up
    sirens,
    lips buzzing, humming
    yawn - sigh
    pitch glide
    an estimate of expectation
    release
    curiosity
    disapproval of
    faith
    something lingers -
    tactile qualities
    creamy, or is it featureless, pleasureable
    preparation in sweetness
    and the scratchy, rarely used muscles of the throat
    within relentless progressions
    until the orchestrated hive
    provides a demonstration of the rolling intensity it is capable of

    2
    hope
    help
    hope
    help
    operatic calculations
    keyboard
    children
    speak after me
    hope hope hope
    help help help

    3
    arctic
    droplets on mallets
    this is about the ice melting
    is it spring
    warming
    or rather
    warning
    attempt to awaken defenses
    against forces of destruction
    an almost holy summoning
    no answers achieved
    but dissolution

    4
    my favorite time
    nostalgically i enclose myself in reverie
    may i have this dance
    with you
    my futuristic romance
    my yesterday
    my pianistically virtuous automaton
    my yesterday
    my yearning

    5
    a rare moment of clarity
    relaxation in upbeat excitement
    finally the harmony sets in
    when mind’s at peace
    with itself
    it’s not itself
    but floats
    gone too soon

    6
    an un free improvisation
    an un orchestra of selves
    aggressive libido,
    an un -
    directed
    and yet - energy searches
    surges
    occasional harmonizing is overshadowed every time with another factor previously unconsidered
    when strength happens, tragedy is both accepted and mocked in its description -
    its uncomfortable but rich harmonization

    7
    for a ritual of taming
    i harness concentration
    in the cloister
    regularity undone
    steady practice
    occasional correction
    of posture

    8
    deranged and lonely
    prelinguistic
    mental challenge
    a consolation that nobody seems to be listening
    my pleasures are rare, strange, supernatural, eerie

    9
    how far can you bend the elastic band
    of the death clock’s strikes in darkness
    blindness
    and continuous lashing
    selectively collectively collected
    pain, torture

    10
    a harmonic algorithm
    achieves a human sentiment
    when previous input deprivation was harnessed
    in an act of listening
    to the gut of goodness

    11
    pop culture has left some traces
    in the mind of a wise old man
    weakened wolves are howling still
    after a night out
    in the enchanted woods
    echoing the shopping mall
    the sweaty cramped bodies
    an epic journey memorized
    glasses clinking

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Soliloquy 06:32
4.
Nesuto 01:51
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Orbitual 02:18
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Higi Bells 04:39
10.
Loophole 01:42
11.
Aftermath 06:05

about

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.

credits

released December 6, 2021

All songs written and performed by Yanik Soland
Except:
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
Instruments:
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
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Printed in an edition of 150

Futura Resistenza, Brussels/Rotterdam, 2021

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