Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday Feature: YACHT

When I think of what to write about YACHT, I start to think that this post/music might be the most wtf for you readers (except perhaps the swamp floorball experience). Time to look at the world in a different way.

Coming from "Western American Utopian Triangle", YACHT is one of the many alter egos of Jona Bechtolt, who dropped out of high school in order to play drums in a punk band. In the latter part of the '90s he began working with electornics. He embraces an eclectic playful blend of electronics, acoustic percussion and noises of all sorts, which to me sounds like disco sometimes. Bechtolt is joined by noted science writer Claire L. Evans, who after a long time collaboration was made the other half of the full-fledged duo by 2009. Additionally, YACHT is completed by touring members.

The band has toured with LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Architecture in Helsinki and Vampire Weekend, and they've preached their philosophical provocative message on boats, in caves, bathrooms, art galleries, museums, rural China and at the Hollywood Bowl. Somehow listening to their music takes me back to the time well-spent during philosophy classes in high school. Maybe teachers should play some YACHT and take it from there?

 YACHT is what YACHT is when YACHT is standing before you.

YACHT - Shangri-La from Jona Bechtolt on Vimeo.

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