I know, we’ve been gone for a while and that sucks. Especially for us because then we feel guilty. At least I do. While Mo was busy finishing up her top secret mission at Facebook, I was readjusting to the American Way of Life by taking a break from anything moderately productive. But guess what, I’m based in San Francisco now and that means it’s time for our Official YACHT Shrine Appreciation Post, or The Different Types of Triangles There Are. Don’t panic: we haven’t fallen out of love/obsession/infatuation with Sweden. It just means I’ll be experiencing far more fog than rain during the next few months, and possibly just as much good music.
And since I’ll probably be moving out to the bay in the next say, six months, I’mma leave it to you to find all the best beard-toting-electrosynth-dance hangouts, which were like, a dime a dozen back in Lund, but all I managed to find in San Francisco were people sitting in parks smoking pot and playing guitars to their dyed-pink poodles. Which is fine, but enough with the guitars already. #whereisyourdrummachine
What is YACHT? We’ve been scratching our proverbial heads for a while trying to answer that question. Just kidding, they actually break it down with a helpful diagram, Exploded View of YACHT Semiotics (pictured above), to sort of clarify themselves metaphysically. Because YACHT is more than a band or a badass androgynous duo from Portland*.
I too noticed that their website was rather in-depth. Man does YACHT make me excited about my trip to Portland in November.
YACHT is a philosophy, which is so fucking appropriate I can’t even. The YACHT Mission includes but is not limited to the following tenets:
▲YACHT believes art and spirituality are inseparable; both are concerned with the creation of something from nothing, with form without antecedent. The feeling or moment of creation is a kind of spiritual high that can be achieved by anyone with the willingness to transmute an idea into form. When we create something, we relive the first spark into consciousness of both the microcosm (ourselves) and the macrocosm (our universe). Art is ontological birth. No religious culture is without an image-making culture. In more ancient religions, the making of images is the spiritual act itself.
▲YACHT seeks to explore frontiers and to expand awareness of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI). There is nothing marginal about acknowledging the greater possibility of life in the cosmos; it is chauvinistic, beyond the pale, to imagine otherwise.
▲YACHT believes that in the province of the mind, there are no limits. Every person is the master of their own neurological experience. Our minds contain the universe, by the act of comprehending it.
▲YACHT encourages online dissemination of all things.
▲YACHT believes “Free Wi Fi” is not an advertisement of services, but a political statement.
THAT WAS MY FAVORITE ONE!!! Though, I can’t decide if they mean political statement in the sense that, “Everyone is entitled to the internet” or that the wi-fi is trapped and it NEEDS TO BE FREE.
Slutever, the point is they’re super awesome and what are you waiting for? This shit is dope. It’s definitely what I would listen to while walking around Christiania. If the trippy visuals don’t do it for you, just listen to what they’re saying. I mean, Psychic City, fun stuff there. Whatever these two are on, it’s working.
I used to live in a voodoo city,
Where every little thing had its own secret life.
I might be washing up the dishes,
And the kitchen might say:
“Hang around baby, baby, hang around baby, baby,
Hang around baby, we’ll be baking a cake for you.”
PSYCHIC CITY (VOODOO CITY)
omg the lick at the end there #icanteven <3
The Earth, the Earth is on fire!
We don’t have no daughter,
Let the motherfucker burn!
DYSTOPIA (THE EARTH IS ON FIRE)
The baby in the toy car creeps me out, but I love how Claire is running on a treadmill… in SPACE #dystopiaforsure
She is also so androgynous and prettyyyyyyy!!!
Also, fun fact, Jona used to be in The Blow. Yeah, remember that guy??
If my friends were a drug, not one of them could afford it, but it’s already in their blood.
And if your enemies caused you cancer, we’d find a cure for you, then bring it to the club.
I WALKED ALONE
Protect your eyes! Protect your eyes!
Be careful with the downloading, and protect your eyes!
Read the comments! Read the comments!
And protect your eyes. Protect your eyes!
Don’t get error, 100 percent!
WE HAVE ALL WE’VE EVER WANTED
“Hello my children, hello my sons, hello my daughters, hello my brothers and sisters. I’m here to tell you that the world’s last unpleasant experience will be a precisely dateable event. Yes! It will happen in our lifetimes, if we commit all of our energy today to the task of Paradise engineering. Up, up, out, eyes closed, we’ll move at the speed of light, expanding, expanding, faster and faster, until we become so large and so blissful that we’ll no longer actually exist. Our speed will be so great that everything will come to a stop. We willl gaze upon the entire Universe. The future exists first in our imagination, then in our will, then in reality.”
If there was a Hell, that’s where I belong,
For breaking all the rules and singing all these songs.
My favorite YACHT lyrics are probably from One Step. Probably because they involve counting, and lines (which we all know I love):
YACHT has released a very shiny new LP, Shangri-la, which you can watch them unwrap (unbox?), literally, right here. And you should go listen to it here or buy their stuff here.
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