Yann Novak’s sound worlds are dense, threaded with an emotional dexterity that adds such depth and nuance that I find it near-impossible not to completely lose myself in his work. His most recent album, Lifeblood of Light and Rapture, floored me the more I’d listen. Further to that, there’s a real care to his work that elevates each piece and keeps me returning to find different gems buried in the sonic wash.
Here’s Yann’s description of this excellent mix:
While making this mix, I was also working on a new EP of my own. Whenever I make new work, I try to push my boundaries in some way and often wind up listening to other artists’ work who I imagine never had the boundaries I do. Hearing or seeing artists do something I am fearful to do, and doing it effortlessly and without fear allows me to inch a little closer to doing it myself. One example is that you will hear several voices in this mix because I am trying to use my own voice in my work… in my own way.
So as we enter the junior year of the pandemic I am trying to embrace and celebrate musical gestures, in my own work and through this mix. The mix itself then becomes a sort of mood board of extremes, a collection of tracks that are unapologetically what they are. They embody things I want to explore in my own work but filtered through my own weird, queer, self-taught, and dyslexic point of view.
Yann Novak’s work can be heard on his Bandcamp page. He also curates the Dragon’s Eye Recordings label, which can be found here.
Geinō Yamashirogumi – Illusion
Asa-Chang & Junray – Hana
Labrinth – Say Goodnight
Bethan Kellough – Vision
Robert Crouch – A Drowning
FAX – Quicksand
Otto A. Totland – Open
The Weeknd – Echoes Of Silence (Original)
Kid 606 – Sometimes
Dorian Wood – Shape We Are
Speedy J – Lanzarote
Claire M Singer – Rionnag a Tuath
Lawrence English – A Binding
Marcus Fischer – Veering
Steve Pacheco – What the Stars Said
cLOUDDEAD – (Cloud Dead #5), Pt. 1
Tim Hecker – Indigo Aerial
Everything is Fine – Dreaming Moon
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