Hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland, aYia is made up of: Ásta Fanney, Kári Einarsson and Kristinn Roach. Their haunting debut, the nine track self-titled album is moody yet kinetic, the electronically produced melody dips and rises majestically as the vocals soar into the ether. The album was mixed and mastered by label owner and longtime Bjork collaborator Valgeir Sigurðsson.
A dark horse in the Icelandic scene and with barely any information about the band available online, aYia have still managed to captivate the imagination of many with their abstract electro-pop. Even with little material released, they have already played Roskilde, Eurosonic and The Great Escape, along with Iceland’s major festivals and touring Europe with fellow Icelanders Gus Gus.
Explaining the album, the band say “it is a gathering of different aspects, mostly connected to the extremes of existing. It rattles the idea of fragility, changing the interior of the surroundings...it is a concrete formalization of a poetic gesture, genetically enhanced to become something unfamiliar.”
Likening their sound to a plant grown in a lab with an abnormal environment the band state is their first collection of “experiments designed to interact with human emotion”.
"aYia is not just another new Icelandic electronic band, they’re THE new Icelandic electronic band." - Grayson Del Faro, The Reykjavík Grapevine
"they manage the nigh insurmountable task of making electronic music truly pop when performed live." - Gabríel Benjamin, The Line of Best Fit
"Listening to “Water Plant” is truly an out-of-body experience difficult to describe.." - Jim Beckmann, KEXP
aYia - Sparkle (Official Video)
aYia - Slow (Official Video)