BLACK YAYA reveals new track & announces UK tour ahead of debut LP release on March 2nd!‏

February 19, 2015




0da8a5bd-b5f1-461f-aca7-c64480e5539f“Off kilter pop music with the singer steering his craft in some completely unanticipated directions” – Clash

“Bouncy, tropical-infused folk-pop” – The Line of Best Fit


In anticipation of the release of his forthcoming debut album, Black Yaya has shared new track ‘Vigilante’ from the record. The LP ‘Black Yaya’ is set for release on March 2nd via City Slang & the singer/songwriter has also just announced a string of UK tour dates for this April, including a London show at The Lexington on April 9th.

Also known as a member of Herman Dune, Black Yaya is the solo moniker of David Ivar. This project allowed Ivar to step out by himself & go return to the DIY ethic of making music that made him fall in love with it in the first place. New track ‘Vigilante’ is an energetic piece of harmonica-laden folk sounds, offering a little glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming album.

One morning in November of 2012, David Ivar woke up with the strange feeling that he could not be in a band anymore, at least for the moment. He loved every moment he’d had shared with his friend, his brother, but he was different now. He needed to be able to speak for himself & for himself only.

For Black Yaya, David Ivar wanted to go back to recording everything himself, far from the recording facilities he had got used to with Herman Dune. He wanted to feel like he had when he was using four track tape recorders in High School, free to try anything with no pressure in terms of time spent working, or cost. His heroes were Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and John Lennon he admired them with all his heart, they were singers, writers and guitar players, and that was all he cared for… He felt they were the highest point of creativity, and that he’d better aim to the top, if one day he wanted to reach high, or at least to raise the level a little bit.

David Ivar gathered his guitar and recording equipment, mainly an Electrovoice microphone he’d got for the price of two bottles of tequila (Patron, but still), and took them to Los Angeles, California, near Malibu, where he knew he could afford a studio apartment by the ocean. The songs of Black Yaya were to be recorded by himself, entirely, drums, basses, guitars, pianos, organs, harps and whatnot. His partner Mayon lent her voice to the tracks, and he took his recordings to a friend of his, Antoine Gaillet, who had just opened his own studio, named Goo after his favorite Sonic Youth album for the mixing. He shared the new sounds and songs for the first time there. After a week or so in the studio working on the final mix, he felt it was ready, ready to go.

The forthcoming, eponymous self-titled record is the only official collection of Black Yaya songs known to date and will be available on March 2nd via City Slang. The initial limited vinyl edition will come with a bonus 7“ including 3 unreleased songs.

Whether it be the funk-fuelled grooves of ‘Glad Tidings’, the upbeat harmonica-notes on ‘Watchman’ or the mellow tones of ‘Through The Deep Note’ the debut LP from Black Yaya is packed with catchy pop-folk soaked tracks that makes the album so easy on the ear and marks a new and exciting step for David Ivar.

See Black Yaya live:

04/03 – Rough Trade East (UK), London
12/03 Liège (BE), The Reflektor
20/03 Paris (FR), support Sleater-Kinney at La Cigale
31/03 Angers (FR), Musée des Beaux Arts
03/04 Sables d’Olonnes (FR), Salle Auditorium St Michel
08/04 Bristol (UK), Start The Bus
09/04 London (UK), The Lexington
10/04 Coventry (UK), Tin Music & Arts
11/04 Manchester (UK), Soup Kitchen
12/04 Leeds (UK), Brudenell Social Club
13/04 Glasgow (UK), Mono
15/04 Hull (UK), Adelphi Club

16/04 Lille (FR), Eglise St Catherine
17/04 Paris (FR), Café de la Danse
21/04 Berlin (GER), Bang Bang Club
22/04 München (GER), Kranhalle
23/04 Köln (GER), Luxor
24/04 Freiburg (GER), Passage 46
29/04 Bourges (FR), Salle Auditorium
29/05 Toulouse (FR), Festival Curiosités du Bikini

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