Originally published and still available on Gigslutz (01/03/15).
At the nucleus of any self-respecting artist is a DIY ethos, and for many, in the manner of which they started their careers alone, they are wont to come full circle. Understandably, David Ivar – the sole creative force behind Black Yaya – is feeling that pinch.
With Ivar’s band, Herman Dune, firmly planting their roots in affable pop that successfully straddles that mean fence between radio-friendly and, simply, good, Ivar had the ever-increasing urge to pursue his own path and remind himself exactly why he fell in love with making music in the first place. Having birthed eleven albums in the sixteen years of Herman Dune in 1999, their career itself is a testament to finding a happy niche and riding its wave by writing songs that stand the test of time. However, it is a long time spent on one vision, and with Black Yaya, Ivar is free to delve into his more experimental eccentricities.