Indie / experimental pop group Yeyo – one of our favourite current acts in Ukraine – is back with a restless EP aptly titled “Freedom”.
Previously known as её (and with that name introduced on beehype), Yeyo was formed in 2016 by two Kyiv-based musicians, Katya Ofliyan and Igor Biryuchenko, later joined by the bass player Zakhar Borisenko.
Their music combined Katya’s passionate, soul-like vocals with Igor’s electronic arrangements, which brought us something between indie-pop and neo-R&B, with a unique sound and songwriting quality you rarely come across even on the global level.
Their early works were both beautiful and challenging, even agressive. And that’s also true about their most recent relese, the 5-track EP called “Freedom”.
You can start this restless journey with two videos off this album, both directed by Simon Mozgovyi and released almost simultanously for a bigger impact.
“Javier” (watch above) is a perfect introduction to yeyo and an example of their unique approach to sound and songwriting. Somehow they manage to combine tribal atmosphere and raw energy with extremely intelligent tricks in the arrangements (did we mention “restless”?). You should also check our this song in the Ukrainian version, which might seem even more interesting.
“Wake Up” is the second of those two single, and a very different one – maybe except for Katya’s passionate vocals. In just over 3 minutes, this song should confuse you enough to get you play it again (several times), and then move on to other songs, with each one adding new instruments, colours and moods.
Photo: Andrei Maximov