Ytaer – We Are Adventurers

I love independent music. No, I’m not talking about ‘indie’ music here, nor about skin-tight jeans or floppy greasy hair. I’m talking real independent music, when someone with no help from anyone scrapes all the money together to buy their own instruments, sets up their own home studio and begins to write and record music; not really for money or fame, but for the love of music itself, for the joy of expression and the thrill of seeing something you’ve created slowly gain momentum and recognition.

What better example of what I’m talking about could there be other than Ytaer’s We Are Adventurers? A modest release at only three tracks, but it’s clear from listening to this little gem that a lot of hard work, experimenting and love has gone into it. Using simple software available to pretty much anybody, this guy has done an excellent job at providing a terrific sound whilst also presenting a surprisingly diverse array of noises, textures and depth to the music.

The music seems to be predominately synth-work, but don’t be fooled; there’s plenty of guitars, drum machines and even some vocals at work here too; all done with great skill and execution. I certainly wasn’t bored listening to We Are Adventurers, it moves and progresses smoothly enough to feel natural, and yet has enough surprises to stay fresh throughout. The beats are fantastically fun and energetic when Ytaer wants them to be, with the ambient strikes of ‘Travelling’ to the pounding of ‘Everybody’s Favourite Selkie’ the drumming is very accomplished. It’s possible at times to forget you’re listening to raw independent music, just because it seems so professionally done.

‘Travelling’ opens the scene with a very electronic yet ambient progression, accompanied by simple guitar riffs and strangely hypnotic drumming, and does a good job at setting the tone and mood of the music. ‘Everybody’s Favourite Selkie’ then picks up the pace with a thumping rhythm, glitchy electronica and humorous, yet strangely observed lyrics. And then, with a large inward breath opening the last track, ‘Money & Rum’, we have my favourite track off the demo. It seems to draw upon all the elements previously showcased in the two prior tracks, all wrapped up in an upbeat progression, harmonising vocals and an astonishingly beautiful roaring sound scape with leaves just as suddenly as it appears, leading to repeated listenings for sure…

Although this is a relatively short demo/EP, what is lacks in quantity it definitely makes up for in quality. And as somebody who also tries to record their own music at home, I know how hard it can be sometimes, and this guy does it well… really well! AND, it’s free to download! So go to his website (which you’ll find here: http://kafkaontheshore.bandcamp.com) and get it! There’s really no reason not too. The more people pay attention and appreciate raw independent music like this, the fresher the music industry becomes, and it also encourages new talent to get out there and make themselves heard, which can only mean good things for the future…