What’s the deal with
the triangle, you ask? We ain’t saying….
By Fred Mills
Yacht – twisted indiepop duo Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans,
they of the lithesome (if partially obscured) flesh above – drop their new
album See Mystery Lights on July 28,
courtesy DVA. We think it kicks ass. How do we know that? Because we are
listening to it right now!
But don’t be jealous: the band has a free MP3 of the track “Psychic City” available for you right now:
call this a “leak” because by definition, band’s can’t “leak” their own
material. Crazed fans “leak.” Writers with low self-esteem “leak.” Studio
engineers who get paid off “leak.” Limo drivers who nab an artist’s CDR while
he’s passed out in the back from too much cocaine, champagne and supermodel pussy
“leak.” Bands don’t “leak” – they “release.” Got that?)
At any rate,
here’s the scoop and the album and the band, courtesy Yacht’s handler, for
those of you who came in late. Like we said, the rec kicks ass….
releasing three albums of original music, touring worldwide, and making scores
of remixes for bands like Stereolab, Ratatat, and Architecture in Helsinki, Jona Bechtolt,
the former half of The Blow otherwise known as YACHT, has taken his “life
project” to a new level. Last year YACHT (Young Americans Challenging High
Technology) reincarnated as a duo, with Bechtolt joined by new full-time member
Claire L. Evans – an accomplished science writer, artist, and veteran of the
previously-underground LA noise scene.
After they recorded a tongue-in-cheek “love letter” to LCD
Soundsystem’s James Murphy in the form of the track ” Summer Song,” Murphy
signed the pair to DFA Records.
The music, lyrics, visual and conceptual themes of See Mystery Lights were born in an ad-hoc studio in a casita in Marfa, Texas.
A baffling paranormal phenomenon in the Far West Texas desert, the
“mystery lights” for which the album is named are nocturnal orbs of
elusive light that randomly appear along the Texas horizon. Using this anomaly as a
starting point, YACHT crafted an album that is both mysterious and immediately
“Ring The Bell” opens the album with a shamanistic groove anchored by a shaker
and a rolling, one-note guitar line, steadily building as Bechtolt and Evans
chant one of the album’s many Delphic mantras: “Will we go to heaven or will we
go to hell? It’s my understanding that neither are real.” The stuttering
high-hats of “I’m In Love With A Ripper” make for a weird, yet inescapably
potent club anthem, while the subversive “Don’t Fight The Darkness” will either
shed some light onto the mystical themes of the album or cast them further into
See Mystery Lights is idiosyncratic and heavily layered, exploring
themes from the existential, to the spiritual, to the hedonistic, all through
the distorting lens of pop.
The true beauty, however, is that one can choose to dive down YACHT’s rabbit
hole and search for answers — or just as easily ignore their cryptic motifs
and enjoy See Mystery Lights for the adventurous and innovative
avant-pop album that it is.