The debut album Sönghellir draws inspiration from both real and imagined landscapes, and was named after a cave located beneath Snæfellsjökull Glacier in Iceland where the final recordings for the album were made.
What began as a collection of simple yet intricate pieces grew into an album that fuses a wide range of sound sources. These include Cye's use of piano, guitar, violin, field recordings and voice, and also contributions from Paul Corley (sound design), Hamish Stuart (drums), James Haselwood (bass), Simon Green (percussion/harmonica), Matt Ostila (percussion/bass), Tunji Beier (percussion) and Purdie Wood (vocals).
The album was completed at Greenhouse Studio in Iceland by Paul Corley (mixing) and Valgeir Sigurdsson (mastering) and is released by the Swedish label 1631 Recordings.
released April 1, 2015
Cye Wood – guitar, piano, violin, bass viola, rhodes bass, voice, field recordings
Tunji Beier – zarb, ghatam, kanjira, bass drum, cymbals, bells, stones, bowls
Purdie Wood – voice, rattle, wood flute
Hamish Stuart – drum kit, percussion
James Haselwood – electric bass, double bass
Paul Corley – programming, sound design
Matt Ostila – angklung, fretless bass
Simon Green – harmonica, rattle
Composed* and Produced by Cye Wood
Mixed by Paul Corley
Mastered by Valgeir Sigurosson
Engineered by Jordan Power and Antony Payn
Recorded at 301 Byron, Darkwood, Aluna & Woodhouse Studios
Mixed and mastered at Greenhouse Studios
listening to this one nonstop, each track is so cohesive and work around eachother so well, as if they were all various parts of the same song while still feeling incredibly unique. Very soulful vocals and instrumental, meaningful and raw lyricism, and awfully visceral presentation. The gritty soul music i needed to spice up my bandcamp library. definitely checking out more of his work. randy_artist