Title: AvA (single out August 20)
Taken From: AvA EP (out October 15)
Label: Reflektor Records
Following up to their latest EP, “Elif”, Dutch duo Amy Root return to Reflektor with their anticipated new release, “Ava”. Recorded on the island of Texel, off the Netherlands’ North Sea coast – which endowed them with the time and space to focus solely on music and nothing else, this new five-tracker spans the widest part of Amy Root’s broad scope of inspirations and, in this case, most specifically five paintings by great British artist, Joseph Mallord William Turner. Known for his tormented seascapes and borderline-abstract approach to depictions of natural vistas, Turner’s pieces pushed Lukas and Sjoerd to translate his hair-raising vision into sound, each cut operating as a portal to an intrinsic mental world, but also cohesive as a whole listening experience.
Title-track “AvA” is a five-minute-odd encapsulation of the pair’s soft touch electronics and all-embracing harmonics. Gracefully nostalgic but stare firmly set onto the banks of hope, it’s a mini-odyssey that unfurls, echoing deeper and deeper as the melody etches itself in your mind and into your soul, triggering off a pulsating kaleidoscope of emotions as it travels you.