Album Review: Yacht - 'Shangri-La'
Look, we know these guys mean well – we’re just not really feeling their hippy-disco good vibesMore on YACHT
The Portland, Oregon-based duo would have us believe they’re a wacky cult, calling us aboard their rocketship for a trip to the planet Good Vibez. It probably makes sense if you’re obliterated in a field, but for anyone living in the real world, it’s like being bricked up in a mineshaft with the world’s most boring stoner.
Sonically, YACHT have much in common with the likes of !!!, Chew Lips or Chairlift – they belong to that sub-genre of disco music made by people who have never been anywhere near a disco. Signed to DFA, they’re big on those chunky LCD basslines that make you do a white man’s overbite, before you catch your reflection in the window and loathe yourself.
Rock bottom comes with the title track, which features a spoken-word invitation to upload your soul to a global consciousness. “Our spirit will become so great everything will come to a stop! We will dance upon the entire universe!”, wibbles singer Claire L Evans.
It would be alright if they believed this stuff, but it’s all done with the detached sneer beloved of hipsters worldwide. They’re faux-hippies, not real ones. So I’m sorry YACHT, but when the galactic hovercraft comes to take us all away, I’m staying put. Nothing personal. I just have nothing in common with you people.
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