Yndi Halda
Enjoy Eternal Bliss EP


5.0
classic

Review

by Del Mar USER (2 Reviews)
February 24th, 2012 | 18 replies | 2,565 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Predictable, in the most perfect way possible.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

A lot has happened in the last year. I fell in love with music again.

That’s not to say I ever lost that love. Music has always played a dominant role in my life. But something changed. My “taste” expanded far beyond the post-hardcore that used to control my listening attention. Most notably, I discovered Post-Rock, and I mean truly discovered it, beyond the typical outings of Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This was largely due to the radio show I started at my university. I play exclusively Post-Rock.

If I were to say the entire genre of Post-Rock changed the way I looked at music, it wouldn’t be a complete lie, but it also wouldn’t be a complete truth. From my time researching the genre for my show, I scraped the bottom of the barrel, I’ve found where creativity ends, and redundancy begins. I still find gems occasionally, but not regularly. I recently downloaded an album by the band Sweek. I love it.

But by now I have enough Post-Rock music to keep my show going every week, only repeating artists on a monthly basis. I think I’ve returned to a song featured in the past maybe twice this year. Why am I saying all of this? Where is my point? I suppose what I’m trying to get at in a rather roundabout way is that I have enough Post-Rock, much more than anyone should. But I keep looking, searching, for an album to match one in particular. I haven’t found one yet.

The album is Yndi Halda’s Enjoy Eternal Bliss. It haunts me.

Structurally speaking, Enjoy Eternal Bliss is typical Post-Rock. There is nothing I can say that would entice the eye on paper. Sure, they have perfected the crescendo. Their sound is minimalistic and stripped, yet still full. Incredibly so. Like so many Post-Rock bands before and after them, each song features a theme that rises and falls over the course of 12+ minutes. They have a surprise use of vocals in Dash And Blast I find to be one of the most joyous moments in my entire music library. I want to dance every time I hear it. Even this does not break new ground.

Instead, it is the predictability of Enjoy Eternal Bliss where the brilliance is revealed. I am never truly surprised by the album, but there is satisfaction in the predictive flow of each song. It’s as if each time I listen, I am writing the tune with the band as the song unfolds in the minds eye. I am with them, enveloped in the same emotion they felt. In the moments of passive unrest towards the middle of Illuminate My Heart, My Darling!, I feel the tension preluding the climax. And I ride this emotion though the final moments of the album, into its heavily rhythmic, syncopated final seconds. Every song on this album has that big “pay-off” moment in its final section. This is partially why I still listen to this album regularly, to get to the “pay-off”. Every measure approaching it is simply foreplay. Yes, I enjoy this foreplay, but I listen to it in anticipation of the final act, just as one watches a magic trick in anticipation of the prestige. I am mesmerized every time.

Yes, Yndi Halda is predictable. Every song features one prominent theme that returns with progressive urgency. However, in the matters that are consistent throughout the album, Yndi Halda excels. Most prominently, it is their use of strings I find most fulfilling. While the violin parts never attempt to astound with complexity, they lead the album by driving its melody. The tone of the violinist is also very pleasant to the ear, creating an addictive element to their music that cannot be found in other bands. Artists of similar style like Slow Six and Neil on Impression that also feature strings have a dry feeling, like I can almost taste the rosin heavily coating the bow (I used to play the Viola). I can only describe the tone of Yndi Halda’s string player as “lush”.

Listening to Enjoy Eternal Bliss is similar to holding water in the palm. It slips and spills through the creases my fingers attempt to fill. A crude metaphor, I know, but the water represents time. Even as I write this review, I have listened to the album twice over, and I must pause at certain moments to appreciate its beauty. And time slips away. I glance at the clock every few minutes, only to realized that minutes have turned into hours. The clock is my one lasting connection to reality.

But isn’t that what we all look for in music? An experience to be lost in?


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THIEF
February 24th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've thought a lot about committing to writing reviews to this site, at least in a consistent manner. This is my first attempt in over a year, and my second total. Constructive criticism would be highly appreciated!

Piglet
February 24th 2012



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, well this is quite a lovely album. I think I had this as a 5 when I was completely obsessed with Post-Rock

The review reads quite well and I wish you well on your endeavor for writing them consistently, I just can't do it myself.

KMHouldey
February 24th 2012



28 Comments


A very nice review. I think people tend to move away from personal reviews, but I really like what you've done here. Good music truly envelops all of the senses rather than simply reaching your ears, so it's great to see someone write so passionately about something. The only criticism I can spot is the spelling error in 'dominate role', but due to the level of your spelling throughout, I'll mark this down as a simply typo haha. Keep those reviews coming!

KMHouldey
February 24th 2012



28 Comments


pos'd :D

Skimaskcheck
February 24th 2012



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

had this at a 5 for the longest time but it doesnt' quite captivate me like it used to. still an amazing record, wish they'd do something new soon!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2012



15728 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA9oqrfSmPU

this debuted a couple years ago and ive been waiting on the new one since. its so good

edit: had this at a 3.5, dafuq?

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Gyromania
February 24th 2012



15461 Comments


My favourite post-rock album.

scissorlocked
February 24th 2012



3509 Comments


this is slightly away from being a classic



Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

DoubtGin
February 24th 2012



6748 Comments


oh

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 24th 2012



10592 Comments


Did you mean to submit this under the album? This is the EP with only a few of the songs on it.

UnnamedOcean
February 24th 2012



3965 Comments


All you have to do is just take the opposite of whatever Riff says.

THIEF
February 24th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes, I actually did mean to submit it under the album. Now I can't figure out how to change it, given that the LP and EP have the exact same name haha. If someone can help me out with that, it would be greatly appreciated.

THIEF
February 24th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also, I fixed the typo. Thanks KMHouldey!

auberginedreams
February 24th 2012



6028 Comments


fuck yes this album is a masterpiece. well, the full album anyway.

bakkermaarten007
February 25th 2012



3398 Comments


"post rock and post hardcore are equally mediocre these days"
You did not just say that. This album is one of the greatest post-rock you'll ever experience.

bakkermaarten007
February 25th 2012



3398 Comments


Black woman! Lol, the end of this album is hilarious. If this album ever gets mainstream recognition
someone would charge them for racism I'm sure. I was talking about the full album btw.

THIEF
February 26th 2012



237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, once again, meant to write the review for the LP, not EP. Can't figure out how to change it now, given they both have the exact same name :/

bakkermaarten007
February 26th 2012



3398 Comments


Well, only one song is missing. A Song For Starlit Beaches, albeit the second best imo, after Dash And Blast.



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