A month after we lost Cape Town’s iconic music venue, Mercury Live, to the Big C, instrumental post-rock band Yndian Mynah released their live video for single “Designasaurs”. Filmed at Mercury Live towards the end of 2019, the video was enough to inspire tears of longing for live music, for Mercury Live, and for freedom.
The boys are back, this time with the studio recording and accompanying video for “Designasaurs”, and it’s every bit of instrumental feel-good that we’ve come to expect from Yndian Mynah with a fresh coat of creativity. It also marks Yndian Mynah’s first official release under label The Good Times Co., and the first release off their upcoming album due release 2021.
“From being DIY in every way, we have always been cautious of someone taking over any part of the process. Meeting the folks at Good Times Co. changed that perspective when we realised that we were not dealing with a paper contract, but people wanting to take care of [the] music,” explains guitarist Matthew Dickinson of the signing.
Inspired by James Acker’s (guitarist) obsession with Tool and, more specifically Tool guitarist Adam Jones, who worked as a set and makeup designer for the dinosaurs on Jurassic Park, “Desiganasaurs” sends the band on a new sonic journey post their 2019 debut album release, Velvet Youth, a journey of reinvention and pushing boundaries in their sound and creative process.
The visuals and the audio are harmonic in their symbiosis, each doing well to complement the other and to highlight the attention to detail of every part of the journey. The editing is superb — drone footage of beautiful shorelines, waterfalls, really just of Mother Nature showing off all her glory, combined with images, digitally produced shapes, and photographs from drummer Kenan Tatt’s personal archive, depict moments and places and different iterations of whatever it means to connect to nostalgia.
The build up of energy is released when you don’t expect it, 6 minutes and 38 seconds later, and the song fades as we zoom out on Planet Earth. Suddenly, what seconds ago felt so majestic, feels so small — but somehow it’s all very cathartic. “It is more about what you get from the personal inspiration of something artistic or beautiful that allows us to create and share the love for stories, memories and art,” Dickinson elaborates thoughtfully.
Ambient, instrumental, and post-rock livestream channel Worldhaspostrock — a YouTube channel with 194k subscribers — premiered their video on Friday, the 25th of September, a sure sign of Yndian Mynah’s upward trajectory, and Dickinson concludes, “To be noticed by a platform we admire is special, and we are grateful for that. In terms of making the right moves, I guess the acknowledgement makes us feel like people are picking up what we so happily put down.”