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Shangri-La

YACHT

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From utopic dreams to dystopic nightmares, from spiritual questioning to nightclub euphoria, favorite electro-pop duo Yacht are back with songs celebrating their own philosophical “belief system,” percolating inside some insanely good dance beats. Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans (taking the vocal lead here) have fun with frequently nonsensical lyrics, tongue-in-cheek swagger, and the kind of beats than instantly create new moves on the dance floor. The smoldering stomp of “Tripped and Fell in Love” demands a new connection between hips and shoulders, and “I Walked Alone” could transform the ‘60s dance the Pony into something freakishly entertaining; the song’s wood-block percussion, vintage keyboards and approximation of a guitar solo (it morphs into a screeching violin!) are worthy of serious attention in the grooves and moves department. “Paradise Engineering” has a whiff of Eno-Byrne Bush of Ghosts brilliance, and the chorus of “Dystopia” is languid, sexy and catchy. Shangri-La is on par with 2009’s See Mystery Lights — full of mischief and wackiness — and, most importantly, they still have their dance on.

Customer Reviews

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship With YACHT

While I am way too Catholic, too conservative, and too closed-minded to agree with YACHT’s philosophy, I do find much of their music very appealing. And while I don’t agree with many of YACHT’s lyrics, some of their songs just take my breath away.

I chose to purchase this album NOT because I am a supporter of YACHT’s unorthodox belief system, but because I believe they do make intriguing, thought-provoking, and even enjoyable music. Some of their songs like “Shangri-La” just make you feel good and relaxed and happy. I most likely won’t listen to a few of these songs often, notably “Holy Rollers” and “Paradise Engineering” I know I will have much of this album on replay for awhile.

YACHT could never, and will never make a bad album.

With the fast-paced DFA beats blasting through the album, to the mellow sounds of Holy Roller, One Step, or Shangri-La, the album is a complete success. Buy this album, you won't be disappointed.

WOW

I saw this on the hompage and said ...hey what the hell this guy looks kinda interesting and this album is so catchy its ridiculous this is going to be herd alot on my iphone ...9/10 awesome album

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Portland, OR

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

YACHT is one of the many creative alter egos of Jona Bechtolt, a musician and multimedia artist who embraces an eclectic but playful blend of electronics, acoustic percussion, and noises of all sorts. Bechtolt took up music as a teenager, dropping out of high school to play drums in a touring punk band with his brother, and in the latter part of the '90s he began working with electronics. Bechtolt teamed up with vocalist and performance artist Khaela Maricich to form the Blow, whose upbeat blend...
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