BYLJA – Nord (Spotify)

“-Bylja- managed to catch the most memorable, clinging moments and convey them at each listener. -Nord- can be easily compared with a swinging boat, where Melodic Techno & House rhythms are performed as a wave, which take you far beyond the horizon. Very harmonious work and real candy for your ears.”

“-BYLJA- удалось уловить самые запоминающиеся, цепляющие моменты и донести их до своего слушателя. Трек можно легко сравнить с покачивающейся лодкой, где в качестве волн выступают ритмы Melodic Techno & House, которые уносят тебя далеко за горизонт. Очень гармоничная работа, настоящий кайф для ваших ушей.”

Electronica duo BYLJA is releasing their debut EP Sojourn on the 24th of September via Springstoff. On the EP, listeners will find ‘Unity & Division’ as well as the previously released singles, ‘Rings Of Eradication’ and ‘Another State Of Matter (featuring Rumpistol)’. For the old-school listeners, the EP will also be released on vinyl. With their chilled sound, the duo have received support from several unique publications including Comeherefloyd, VENTS Magazine, Rock & Pop and Bands Of Tomorrow. The duo have made themselves at home on stage, appearing at several of Denmark’s biggest festivals including

Spot Festival, Uhørt Festival, Smukfest, and Stella Polaris, as well as sharing a stage with well-known acts such as Maribou State and Lydmor. Offstage, the duo have also provided official remixes for German duo KIDSØ and Czech duo teepee.

Born and based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Marchel Mørk and Emil Aagaard met each other at a school musical and bonded over their love of cheese and synthesizers. They formed BYLJA in 2018, where they would explore the inspiring sounds of Jon Hopkins, Christian Löffler and Boards of Canada in their music. The Sojourn EP sits closely to these influences, drawing parallels to the works of Kiasmos, Rival Consoles and Bonobo.

Building a futuristic universe with their atmospheric tones, the listener is drawn into the vast, awe-inspiring chasms of space and sound created by BYLJA. It’s within this melancholic tinged world that we find Sojourn, delicately hanging in the balance and providing a light, escapist cheer to the soundscapes. Be prepared to be lulled into a deep reverie as the mesmerizing forward-moving beats keep all entranced in their wake.

Reviewed by Nagamag on October 5, 2021