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Released: 30.04.21







Not content with merely being a vital voice in contemporary art, Alaskan Native virtuoso Nicolas Galanin reveals an uncanny knack for immersive songcraft on his vibrantly eclectic debut as Ya Tseen (‘be alive’, a reference to Galanin’s Tlingit name Yeil Ya Tseen). Richly vivified by protean orchestration, Indian Yard ingeniously melds shimmery synth flourishes to reverb-drenched sensibilities, fluidly imbuing its polychromatic palette with a kaleidoscopic lushness.

With its irresistible hooks and stellar roster of collaborators – indie-poppers Portugal. The Man (Knives), psych-soulster Nick Hakim (A Feeling Undefined) and the mighty Shabazz Palaces (Synthetic Gods), to name a few – this indelibly seductive record strikes a deft balance between traditionalist and progressive perspectives. A necessary and deliciously ebullient tonic for our frazzled world.


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