Release Date: Mar 2, 2015
Record label: City Slang
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
With his self-titled debut as Black Yaya, David Ivar makes a creative space for himself that's markedly different than his work with Herman Düne. That he worked with Yuksek on Black Yaya's debut single, the deceptively sunny pop song "Paint a Smile on Me," suggested Ivar was looking for a radical change. Though that song unfortunately doesn't appear here, Black Yaya shows he found not just one new musical direction, but several.
The solo project of David Ivar, who felt at a creative loss with his band Herman Dune, for Black Yaya he gathered his guitar and recording equipment and travelled to California. There he rented a studio apartment by the ocean and recorded what has turned out to be, a subtly uplifting sun-tinged record. It is California after all. With the help of his partner Mayon’s vocal, David’s freedom and natural creativity seems to have flourished thanks to the move.