AYA YVES is the new project of singer-songwriter Vendulka, today she unveils her debut single ‘(in)Sanity’. Vendulka has transcended her folk-pop roots, and is now set to conquer electronic terrain.

‘(in)Sanity’ is an ethereal, luscious pop cut. AYA YVES voice is nestled with gorgeous minimal production with Xavier Dunn (CXLOE, Peking Duk, Jack River). Equal parts romantic and lovelorn, it’s the kind of song you’d play staring cinematically outside a bus window thinking about unrequited love.

Einstein is credited with saying, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results’,” explains AYA. “I wrote (in)Sanity in the first few weeks of meeting someone and they had pulled the classic ‘I’m not ready for a relationship’ line. I knew this person was an emotionally unavailable mess and I went into it anyway, and that’s a theme I wanted to highlight throughout the song. When the rose-tinted glasses come on, all sane, rational decisions go out the window.”

To celebrate the release of the single, we asked AYA YVES to run us through the five albums that inspired her sound. So pop on the single below and see what she had to say.

“To me, music has always been about creating conversation, creating connections. Helping people through whatever emotion they’re feeling at the time – be it positive or negative – it’s a way to share in that feeling together,” said Aya.

22, A Million – Bon Iver

I’ve loved everything Bon Iver has put out. Justin Vernon can do no wrong in my eyes. For Emma, Forever Ago has been one of my go-to albums basically since it came out.

22, A Million was so unexpected. It felt like a heaver production compared to his previous records. The one song that really hit me was ‘715-CR33KS’. The (what at the time I thought was vocoder) custom made Messina vocal synth creates a chorus of vocals that punch through and hit your soul. So incredibly beautiful.

22, A Million was definitely one of the instigators of my appreciation for quirky production.

Heard It In A Past Life – Maggie Rogers

This album signified a huge shift for me. I grew up attending alternative music festivals, which are beautiful but have a culture which tends to think lesser of pop music. There’s a stereotype that pop music is superficial, and that “real” musicians don’t care about commercial success.

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Maggie Rogers to me was proof that you could be narrative-driven, emotional, and have a true connection- yet still be commercially viable. Her EP ‘Now That The Light Is Fading’ had me captivated- but her album had me hooked. It only came out last year but definitely helped me shift my inhibitions surrounding the change in direction for my music.

Crowded Places – BANKS

Okay. So, I know it isn’t an album, it’s a single. But it was the moment I fell in love with BANKS. I’d heard a fair bit of her previous album ‘The Altar’, but something about Crowded Places grabbed me.

Let’s set the scene. I was living in Canada at the time and my friends and I all had the night off to watch the Northern lights (they were predicted to be visible that night). We were all a little intoxicated and had left the house to walk to the lake. We’re walking through a thick canopy of forest; you couldn’t see the sky. I had my Spotify on shuffle and just as the trees opened up, Crowded Places came on. The stars had put on a show that night, and I just stood there staring at the sky, with tears of pure joy until the song was over.

The visceral reaction I had is something that I always aim for with my music, and hope I can create for other people.

If You Wait – London Grammar

When I heard Hannah Reid’s voice for the first time I was absolutely captivated. I instantly fell in love with her tone.

The laid back, spacious, but still carefully considered production is perfect for the vocal, narrative driven songs. This album was one of the gateway albums for me coming from folk music to something a bit more commercial.

English Rain – Gabrielle Aplin

Gabrielle Aplin was a huge influence on me vocally. She was one of the first artists I really connected to. I saw her open for Ed Sheeran on his ‘+’ tour. Her first EP was pretty much just vocal & guitar – which was exactly what I was doing at the time. Her beautiful dainty vocal inflections inspired me to try to replicate those sounds and really expanded my vocal ability. English Rain is so honest and felt so real and vulnerable. Will forever be one of my favourites.