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YACHT: See Mystery Lights

Label:DFA Records


For fans of the Blow the Khaela Maricich/Jona Bechtolt electro-pop collab that produced the sublime, sensitive Paper Television Bechtolt's current project, YACHT, can feel like a consolation prize. For kids who just want to shake their asses, though, See Mystery Lights is the real winner, packed with irrepressible beats that will soundtrack countless dark, sweat-soaked dance floors. Bechtolt and vocalist Claire L. Evans (who always sounds too cool at best, and bored at worst) mash up post-punk riffs ("It's Boring/You Can Live Anywhere You Want"), Afropop ("Ring the Bell"), and pure bubblegum ("Psychic City"), among other genres, into a catchy if not always coherent whole. While Bechtolt's production skills are unquestionable, lyrics range from clever ("I'm in love with a ripper") to confused ("Be careful with the downloading / Read the comments"). No matter how fun YACHT can be, they mostly make me miss the Blow if only because Maricich gave your brain something to do while your ass was moving.

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