Behind the moniker Ydegirl – taken from a 2000-year-old Dutch bog body – we find the Danish performance artist and music producer Andrea Novel. She started her solo project in 2016 and has been part of the Danish underground scene for the past couple of years.
Ydegirl released her first EP, Parody of Crime, in 2016, which experimented with elements of hip-hop and chamber music. In 2019, she released a follow-up EP, notes19. It’s a conceptual release, playing out as some sort of diary. Intimate, secret tellings of desires, plans and turmoil.
2021 saw the release of her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album (The Quietus in particular were very pleased!)
Ydegirl calls her sound Nordic baroque. You can also hear elements of some kind of deconstructed R&B. Whatever you want to call it, Ydegirl is always interested in taking things into new direction.
Ydegirl’s sounds are fragile and sparse. She adds no more in her arrangements than necessary. A little piano here, some guitar there, a few samples – and her beautiful voice in the middle of everything.
Look forward to something magical, something cut to the bone and something that will make you pay attention – when Ydegirl plays at Roskilde Festival 2022.