New Album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, out 10/16 on Downtown Records
National Tour Starts Next Month
“Precise production into electronics-heavy pop. YACHT’s music is always densely layered and hypnotically catchy, and the title track to its newly announced sixth album is no different.” NPR
"High concept album announcement . . . while YACHT masterminds Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans are pointing out the future's uncoolness they areironically doing it in mind-blowingly cool terms." Billboard
"YACHT has solidified their place in the upper echelons of weird, and super cool, but definitely weird pop.” Impose Magazine
"Infectious" Consequence of Sound
"New banger" Grantland
"Catchy disco rhythms and electro beats to lure ears to a much heavier content." Stereogum
In anticipation of their upcoming new album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, YACHT are excited to share the first official remix of its title track, straight from Technotronic's MC Eric with original vocals from Ya Kid K. YACHT note: "We're so floored to hear 'I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler' through the filter of MC Eric and Ya Kid K. 'Pump up the Jam' is one of those songsthat’s so engrained in popular consciousness now that it's easy to forget how totally new it was—when first it came out, we thought all music wouldsound like Technotronic from that point forward. It was big and minimal at once, and even the name sounded like the future; in contrast to the EDM energy-drink we're currently drowning in, this remix feels so good. Deep thanks to Ya Kid K and MC Eric for making our future a little bit cooler; we never thought we'd have a chance to ride a waveform with them."
Out October 16th on Downtown Records, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler is a sweeping and visionary critique of the 21st century. It reveals the band at its most self-assured: critical, funny, tough, and musically diverse, crafting an infectious and hyperactive conceptual pop that seems to seep through the walls of an alternate universe. YACHT’s knowing references to technology, feminism, and media are layered in complex arrangements in songs about holograms and phones, policeviolence and identity, sex and the future.
I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler is the first YACHT album that Bechtolt and Evans didn’t create in a vacuum. The pair wrote the album from the ground up with their longtime collaborator and bandmate Rob Kieswetter, who also produced the album with Bechtolt (a first: Bechtolt has been YACHT’s sole producer since 2002). The result is a surprising and heterogeneous collection of songs that only YACHT could make. Grammy-winning Irish producer Jacknife Lee (REM, Bloc Party, Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift) stepped in as a hypercolor shaman of sorts, creating his own album-wide credit of “objective overseer and structural mechanic.” The album’s title track was co-produced with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83, Tegan and Sara) and its string arrangement was put together by pop polymath Jherek Bischoff (David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Parenthetical Girls). The album was recorded over two years in Los Angeles at a handful of studios (Jacknife’s technicolor compound in Topanga Canyon, Meldal-Johnsen’s studio in Atwater Village, Red Bull’s studio in Santa Monica, and YACHT’s home studio) as well as in a former cavalry bunker in Marfa, Texas, at the Marfa Recording Company.
I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler draws from a weird well of ADD influences: 80s Japanese electronic reggae (Sandii & The Sunsetz, Haruomi Hosono), 70s and 80s post-punk and no wave (Family Fodder, The Waitresses, Suburban Lawns, Killing Joke, A Certain Ratio, Devo), Norwegian disco (Todd Terje, Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas), and Grand Royal Records-era alternative music (Cibbo Matto, Luscious Jackson, Money Mark).
YACHT have teased news of their forthcoming album with a variety of conceptual stunts over the past couple of months. A timeline of their unique technological subversions can be followed at http://ittfwbc.com/.
The band will be touring this fall, bringing their computer rock show to New York, Los Angeles, and more—all dates are below. Fans will receive instant downloads of the first single now with pre-orders via:
YACHT 2015 Tour Dates
Oct 17 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
Oct 20 - Casbah - San Diego, CA
Oct 22 - Teragram Ballroom - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 24 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
Oct 25 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
Nov 5 - Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
Nov 7 - U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
Nov 9 - The Sinclair - Boston, MA
Album Art: Luke Gilford
YACHT - I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler- Tracklisting
(October 16th, 2015 | Downtown Records)
1. Miles & Miles
2. White Mirror
5. I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler
6. L.A. Plays Itself
7. I Wanna Fuck You Til I’m Dead
9. Don’t Be Rude
10. War On Women
11. The Entertainment