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Fuzz'd-out progbient doom from Turkish composer Elif Yalvaç, who maps out her memories of Nordic landscapes with guitars, synths, field recordings and a Game Boy. Microsound, but make it epic.
Like most of us over the last few months of oscillating lockdown and quarantine, Turkish sound artist Elif Yalvaç has had a difficult run, punctuated by "challenging personal circumstances". She's channeled these feelings into "Mountains Become Stepping Stones", her second full-length and first for NNA Tapes, using it as a chance to reflect on her travels outside of Turkey - particularly around Iceland and Norway - and her emotional inner world.
On tracks like 'Under the Aura 1' and 'Bifröst' she evokes the prog rock she fell in love with as a young music obsessive, dissolving echoing guitars and ominous strings into waves of static and reverberating drones. Meanwhile, on 'Freak Box' she maximizes microsound techniques learned studying at Istanbul's MIAM, pushing miniscule clicks and glitches into a tsunami of white noise and electrical interference.
This introspective collection of ominous ambience and fractured noise is another eerie exploration of 2020's cultural meltdown, one steeped in anxiety and anchored by memory. "There were threats that, sometimes, felt bigger than the threat of the virus," Yalvaç explains of her unique experience. Thankfully, she was able to escape into the music.