(Photo by Mark Vella)
Today’s Under the Influence (UTI) artist is someone we often work with here at Echoes and Dust when putting together UTIs etc for other artists. The tables are now turned and we have the pleasure of shining a spoltlight on his work. A Lily is the solo project of James Vella, multi-instrumentalist, writer and founder of the instrumental band yndi halda. On September 27th, James is set to release Wara Id-Dar which in Maltese means “After or Behind The House” via Blank Editions. This release includes remixes of two tracks from his previous album Id-Dar Tal-Missier released in 2018 (‘Banana Moth’ & ‘Paint Me With Your Blood Again’). The remixes were inspired by Eomac (R&S Records, Lakker), Dylan Henner (Phantom Limb), Robert Farrugia and Steve Molter. It also includes a new track titled ‘Another Realm’ which “…tells the story of a boxer plunged into deep existential dread in the middle of a fight.”
Remixes give the opportunity for others to re-imagine an original track. For me as a listener, experiencing the process via headphones is quite an adventure and this release is no exception.
For this UTI piece, James chose three albums that greatly shaped his musical landscape. These are his picks.
Pre-order the album here: https://alily.bandcamp.com/album/wara-id-dar