Yujen had a blogosphere hit last year with their track "Try It Over" featuring Chet Faker, garnering them interest and hype from listeners worldwide. Yesterday, the Melbourne trio (comprised of Sam Tilley and brothers William and Mitch Anderson) dropped their highly-awaited debut EP, No Aware, a blissed-out, tranquil body of work that's sure to attract further acclaim.
The EP opens with "Heirloom," a song that shows off the talented band's ability to create exquisite soundscapes. Comprised of understated trip-hop beats, glittering bells, and lots of shiny reverb goodness, the track exudes pure beauty and calm.
Compared to the energetic, tense "Try It Over," this track takes an opposite approach, with a beautiful ambience. The rest of the EP follows in a similar vein to the first two tracks, with washed out vocals recurring occasionally and the trio's technical ability becoming more and more evident as the record progresses. The guitar heavy "Enough by Now" and the quiet, jittery beats of "Minor Observations" are other highlights.
With the debut of their live show and (hopefully) more new music on the horizon, Yujen are definitely ones to look out for. No Aware is out now on Detail Co (Chet Faker, Thrupence).