We're happy to share the first glimpse of a new Gyda Valtysdottir project and album: G Y D A - Evolution; her first album comprised original compositions.
The first video and single - "Moonchild" - is out now, having premiered on Iceland's Reykjavik Grapevine. They say: "The new song is a haunting, gossamer-delicate composition that promises great things for the LP."
Evolution will be released on vinyl and digital formats through figureight in September 2018. Listen and pre-order here(and receive an immediate download of "Moonchild") and watch the video here. The video was directed by Rebekka Rafnsdottir and filmed between the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island and back home in Iceland. "My idea for was to show the Moonchild in everyone - the bravery it takes to come in embodiment on the planet today & the celebration of being alive & being in a body." Reveals Gyda. The editing process happened over two sleepless nights together before Gyda went out on tour. "Something happened with the psychedelic state you reach with no sleep - which concluded the video. We both knew the video already existed, we just had to find it."
On the album, she says: “Evolution was an effortless birth. So much so that I thought - is this allowed! I have always given value to blood, sweat and tears so this was a new process for me. Whenever I felt even the softest touch of resistance, I let it guide me in other directions. The work didn’t listen to my suggestions of it being a little more this or that. In the end it decided its own course and it was genuinely uplifting to simply surrender to its demands.”
Gyda is currently on a boat tour (yes, it's a thing) with Damien Rice. Catch them in Mallorca on August 2nd, and Menorca on August 7th if nearby.
Follow her on Facebook here.
Pre-order the album here.