Yacht deliver one of the summer’s essential soundtracks with the release of “See Mystery Lights” on DFA in August…
Yacht is kind of a band, but mostly it’s a genre-and-media spanning life project founded and led by JONA BECHTOLT of Portland, Oregon. Bechtolt (and new member CLAIRE L. EVANS) make anthemic OCD power jams, soak them in holy water and rewrite them into new mantras. “See Mystery Lights” contains some of the most ingenious, joyous and outrageously catchy electronic summer pop you’ll hear in this or any other year… Ace videos too…
Over the past two years Yacht have played more than 200 shows in 17 countries around the world touring with such luminaries as LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend and Architecture in Helsinki. From lunchtime shows in schools, to stuffy rock clubs, to festivals around the world, to NYC’s The Kitchen, to the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, to a commissioned performance at Paris’ Pompidou Centre, Yacht will play anywhere to unforgiving assholes and evangelical followers alike. The Yacht performance is expressly designed to provide groups of people with catharsis and purification. Yacht have been gathering great reviews and many admirers.
“YACHT smells wonderful. I must say, all the time he spent in our bus, it was as if a cool breeze was blowing through my mind. And good songs too!”
James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
“YACHT = megaphysical.”
“Positive energy rainbow dome music from a next-generation west coast healer.”
Dave Longstreth, Dirty Projectors
“YACHT is a true renaissance man, feel his magic zap you with its lightning bolt made of awesome.”
Architecture in Helsinki
“The energy they brought, the aerobic choreography, the propelling beats, and the catchy repetitive mantras were irresistible.”
“A more modern take on Suicide, Sonic Youth, Bush Tetras and ESG.”
“Being indie rock’s Timbaland ain’t easy.”
“Oh, man, we love this kid.”
“No one combines giddy bubblegum melodies with clinically precise programming quite like Bechtolt.”
“After spinning Yacht’s new one, I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real, we are prepared to echo the album title’s assessment with respect to the artist himself.”
Time Out New York
“Yacht rock has never been better.”
“YACHT’s not just music, it’s a way of life.”
“Don’t miss the boat on YACHT.”
“Bechtolt’s hip-hop-influenced beats make you want to dance like you’re a 10-year-old in aerobics class.”
“Jona Bechtolt is no more a normal human being than a toaster is a Ferrari.”
For more information on yacht and great videos got to their website.
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