6th best album of 2015 at Irregular Crates
"Pendel is a fully matured album.”
“Pendel is another triumph for Yadayn, and Eilean Rec.”
“Absolutely tender at times, the songs are downright gorgeous in their understated beauty. […] Without saying a single word Yadayn creates a series of beautiful portraits on the expressive “Pendel”. These are songs that are full of hope and joy for life.”
Pendel is the result of chaos, of trying out different recording, producing and composing methods, and of then sculpting sense from the recorded material. Unlike yadayn’s debut Vloed, which was a carefully planned monolyth of sound, a flooding of notes working towards the catharsis of its title track, Pendel is a comparatively eclectic collection of tracks, unified in their originating from the same artistic vision but diversified in their differing circumstances. Some tracks (“Spiegel”, “Pendel”, “Uit”) were composed specifically for the album, some are older compositions (“Raam”, “Veld”, Rust”, “Kerk”), while all of the shorter segues are based on samples taken from old yadayn (demo) recordings, twisted and flexed into new contexts. The eclectic methods blend the composed approach of previous yadayn work and the sampled, electronic approach of his casual work with Gluem. “Pendel” is Dutch for “pendulum” and symbolizes the mood swings found throughout the album and throughout its recording period.
“Veld” is an interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Bydło” (part of his Pictures at an Exhibition) and features the voice of Icelandic Nobel prize laureate Halldór Kiljan Laxness reading his poem “Bráðum kemur betri tíð”. The voice sample in “Kerk” originates from a dubbed cassette tape found on a flea market in Cairo.
Detailed liner notes here: tweehanden.tumblr.com/post/126172012588/pendel-8815-eilean-rec-liner-notes
A video of a live recording of Kerk here: