Monday, March 15, 2010

The Afterlife

Song: The Afterlife
Artist: YACHT
Album: See Mystery Lights

I got to spend part of my weekend with some music heads and subsequently, discovered a bunch of new music.

After many many many beers, we went to this indie-rock dance party where Portland-based dance act YACHT performed. Lead by mastermind Jona Bechtolt, former member of The Badger King and The Blow, and has been using the YACHT name for his solo work and a full group effort since 2003. They have released an E.P. and last years "See Mystery Lights" on D.F.A. Records. (Home to LCD Soundsystem)

"See Mystery Lights" has a bit what you'd expect from an indie-dance-rock record, but also mixes dancy-goth-rock a-la Joy Division, with 90's Euro-dance, and chugging rock-a-billy drag race disco. (not an actually genre, it's just what it sounds like.)

"The Afterlife" was memorable at the show, with it's 60's go-go vibe and slow end-of-the-world repetition. "I'm in Love with a Ripper" gets it's 90's on, "Psychic City (Voodoo City,)" with it's repetitive "Aye-aye-aye-aye's" felt like being caught in a churning tide as the crowd moved and sang along. (It should be noted just HOW into the band, and party, the crowd was. Great energy.) I personally like "Summer Song," which has a long slow build, but seems created for a blissed-out dance floor trance.

Fun record, check it out.


The Afterlife (Live at the Electric Ballroom)

Summer Song

Psychic City (Voodoo City)

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