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Ylia—aka Susana Hernández—had a remarkably productive 2020. In addition to releasing her debut album, Dulce Rendición, on Barcelona’s Paralaxe Editions, she penned compilation tracks for Lapsus Records, Hivern Discs, and Super Utu/Stars on Earth.

But professional success can be deceiving: The following year was, personally speaking, terrible. Her grandfather died. Her father died. Her cat died. And she ended a relationship. “That’s a lot of things all at once, no?” she says.

Her second album, Ame Agaru, is not necessarily a record of that year, but it is, she says, a response to those life events—a record of grief.

The new album is clearly a continuation of the ambient investigations of Ylia’s debut, but it differs in key ways. Where Dulce Rendición was exploratory and faintly cosmic, Ame Agaru—a Japanese phrase meaning, roughly, “the rain lifts”— captures a melancholy sense of stillness. And where her debut was largely electronic, on the new album, Ylia has folded in a number of acoustic elements, even when they are not recognizable as such. Her partner, Alejandro Lévar, lends fingerpicked acoustic guitar to the glowing dronescapes of “Todos los Cuerpos”; multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Tete Leal adds flutes, clarinet, and soprano saxophone to “Ame Agari”—or…  más

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se lanzó el 7 de julio de 2023

Flute, piccolo flute, clarinet and soprano sax on «Ame Agari» by Tete Leal.
Acoustic guitar on «Todos los cuerpos» by Alejandro Lévar.
Composed and arranged by Susana Hernández in Málaga in 2021.
Mastered by Pedro Pina.
Cover artwork by José Quintanar.
Designed by Basora.
Dedicated to my father.

Ame Agari
Todos los Cuerpos
Nuances of Care
Flowers in June
Tus Manos Cobijo
Luz de Camino
Drifting into the Good Night
El único Adiós Posible