credit: Yuichi Akagi
An electronica music unit from Tokyo, Japan, formed in early 2015.
Combining fragile lyrics with dark soundscapes, yahyel paint potent portraits of life, peppered with both dystopian imagery and blistering honesty. Their music is described as a “musical cyber punk” in modern counter culture towards the stereotype of East.
Released in May 2015, the group's first online demo Y and in November 2016, they had the sensational debut with their first studio album “Flesh and Blood” released and they played Fuji Rock Festival 2 years in row. They were invited to play the 2018 SXSW Opening Party and have performed at the legendary Rough Trade East in the UK. In March yahyel released their second album “HUMAN”. It rose No.1 on the electro music chart of Apple Music Japan and their single “Rude” was picked for Future Classic Recommends on Youtube. A band member VJ Kento had won several awards for best director including an MTV award, and his contribution of stunning visuals as a backdrop turn yahyel’s live performances into an experience that is equally haunting as it is dance party. MTV Japan reviewed their performance as “gripping” and “a unique experience not to be missed".
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