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Mountains Become Stepping Stones

by Elif Yalvac

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On Mountains Become Stepping Stones (Elif Yalvaç’s first release with NNA Tapes), the electronic/ambient artist leads listeners on a transformational journey through outer landscapes and inner feelings. Inspired by her travels to Nordic countries far from home, especially by Iceland and Norway, Mountains Become Stepping Stones reflects the raw vitality of nature: its danger and intensity, as well as its beauty. The record also draws deeply on Yalvaç’s inner world, and it reflects her conscious choice to keep creating in difficult times such as these, despite challenging personal circumstances. Using a vast array of instruments, including electric guitars, synthesizers, and a Game Boy, as well as field recordings from Iceland, Yalvaç’s compositions embrace opposites: microsound glitches with slow intense builds; celestial beauty with abrasive energy.

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released December 4, 2020

Composed, recorded and mixed by Hazal Elif Yalvaç (2019-2020, Iceland, Turkey)

Music:
Hazal Elif Yalvaç: guitars, pedals, synthesizer, Game Boy, laptop
Field recordings: Hazal Elif Yalvaç
with Magnús Bergsson - (Breaking My Rose Tinted Glasses, Huginn and Muninn, Black Sand Beach) fieldrecording.net/english

Mastering: Michael Bearpark
with Andrew Ostler (Painted In Pitch Black)

Photography: Hazal Elif Yalvaç
Location: Diatomite plant and geothermal power plant near Lake Mývatn, Iceland

Special thanks: Michael Bearpark, Magnús Bergsson, Jason Arber, Adam Downey, Caitlin Pasko, Jón “Nonni” Friðriksson, M.J Harvey, Heather Coles, Ian Fairholm, Gísli Sigurgeirsson, Maria Sastre, Gísli Haraldsson, Marianne Tóvinnukona, María Tryggvadóttir, Haraldur Tryggvason, Katrín Ingibjörg Steinarsdóttir, Pan Thorarensen, Jesper Pedersen, Goodiepal, Ashley Ariel, Ríkharður H. Friðriksson, Daniele Girolamo, Kristoffer Lislegaard, the Priestess, Ümit İnginar, Bade Başer, and Family

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