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A Lily - Id-Dar Tal-Missier - LP / DL



Id-Dar Tal-Missier (Maltese for “The House of the Father”) is the new solo album from yndi halda founding member James Vella.

1. Bananna Moth
2. Paint Me With Your Blood Again
3. I Heard The Well Rope Sing
4. A Swimming Shoal
5. Mbira Heart
6. It's Getting Late, You Know


We first met James in 2015, at the Independent Label Market in London as David Moran from Housewives / Dairy Classics and I walked around perusing records. James was working for FatCat Records at the time and we exchanged numbers after visiting their stall. We were already fans of his band yndi halda so were surprised and honoured when he eventually approached us to listen to a body of new recordings he had produced.

James wrote and performed almost all of the instrumentation on ​Id-Dar Tal-Missier himself, recording largely at home on his own setup, creating finished pieces layer by layer. Though the main body of composition is based on guitar and voice, Vella's list of instruments performed also includes banjo, cello, organ, xylophone, an ancient Chinese harp named guzheng, and drumkit, amounting to subtle and intelligent
arrangements, heavenly textures and a more song-based approach to the work he is best known for. Present here are verses and choruses, as if pop music, but also hazy, dreamy journeys through nocturnal sparseness and strangeness.

A few contributions from Vella's friends also grace the record: ​Mercury Prize Nominee C Duncan lends lush choral vocals to ‘Banana Moth’ and (​yndi halda ​co-founder) Daniel Neal performs violin across several pieces.
Often inspired by non-musical forms, Vella writes that ​Id-Dar Tal-Missier was instead created under the influence of sensory experiences. He lists filmmakers Werner Herzog and Apichatpong Weerasuthakul; the TV show Stranger Things; his dog Sully; the ("painstaking") process of writing his first novel; books by Cormac McCarthy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Cheever and Carson McCullers; travels around India, South America and the Middle East.

As a live act, ​A Lily has shared the stage with ​Amiina​, ​Peter Broderick​, ​Silver Apples​, yndi halda​, ​ISAN​, and plenty of others.

The artwork for ​Id-Dar Tal-Missier - both cover and extended - is based on photographs by James' father Mark. These photos were taken in Myanmar in early 2018; here they reference the openness and immediacy of everything...

...And of course it’s a gentle reference to the Father of the record’s title too.



Pressing information

- 180 gram LP
- 4 X Postcards in a stamped envelope
- Download code of entire album
- Reverse board cover

Please note that Kingfisher Bluez have also released this in the United States, so please order from them if you're over there as your shipping will be dramatically reduced.