hundredmillionthousand – Yalda
Yalda is a Syriac word imported into Persian and refers to the celebration of the winter solstice. It’s the title of a track from hundredmillionthousand. There are Iranian vocals and chants set against agonising electronics. The overall effect is less a spiritual uplift in midwinter than a dark lament for lost souls.
Blurb: HMT’s debut album, LP1, is a musical mood journal, an audio log of the many facets of an ongoing journey with mental illness. It is a sonic coping mechanism, of persian/filipino producer Noel Jon, whose musical aesthetic revolves around suspenseful atmospheres, brooding pads, and aggressive percussion patterns. HMT encapsulates his heritage into production through the use of Iranian vocalizing, key signatures, spiritual chants, and Tombak. At once shimmering, foreboding and intense, the album deals in deep textures and dark colours, a sonic landscape rising out of the cyclic nature of HMT’s journey through mental illness.