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tracks to listen to – Utopia (YACHT)

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on February 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm

These guys are FUN. If you haven’t heard of YACHT before, its actually two people, Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans. In fact, they’ve got a handy guide to the semiotics of YACHT on their website. YACHT actually stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology, hence the capitalization of the letters. :)

I love their eclectic sound, and I love this track. I first heard YACHT on the soundtrack for How To Make It In America, and I thought they had a cool sound. But the first time I heard anything of their newest album, Shangri-la, was on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts podcast. They played a show at NPR, and “Utopia” was one of those tracks.

I love it because its upbeat, exciting, a little space-age, and unique. It stays in my head. And its fun.

Check out their official video below (which features their song “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)”. Oh yeah.

tracks to listen to – Shangri-La (YACHT)…and others

In current listenings, tracks to listen to on August 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Now, I have to be honest here. Are you ready for it? There are actually two tracks I wanted to post by YACHT. And I chose this one. “Shangri-La” is on the new album from YACHT, which, if you haven’t heard their music, you are in for a treat. YACHT actually stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology…oh yeah, that’s a mouthful. Their slightly peculiar songs also have this really awesome flow to them – they have a sound that is catchy, pleasing, and just really…feels good.

“Shangri-La” is no exception to this. Its got a unique synth riff in the background which the melody plays over top of, mixed with lots of choral vocals (and harmonies) and lots of liberal “La-la-la”ing. And how can you resist?! The song IS called “Shangri-LA”…la la la laaaaa. Check out this YouTube clip of “Shangri-La”!

Now, are you just dying to know what the other track was? Too bad, I won’t tell you!

Just kidding. (I’m funny.) The second track by YACHT is called “Utopia”, and its got a fast-paced groove to it (also off the album Shangri-La), and its got this slightly sci-fi, robot-like sound to it, but its also really fun, energetic, and playful! Check it out! Let me know what you think!

Oh and to add to all of this, if you head to YACHT’s website (www.teamyacht.com),  you can actually download another free track, “Dystopia”, under Music>Free Downloads. You’re welcome!

Okay, actually, here is a Tiny Desk Concert from NPR, which has three tracks to it…
1. Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)

2. Psychic City (Voodoo City)

3.  Shangri-La

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