Yacht

Shangri-La - White Vinyl Edition

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DFA

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Patrick says: Back in my salad days, before I became the hirsuite vinyl pedlar am I today, I toiled away as a full time DJ and party promoter, bringing exciting and alternative performers to half full venues on a continuous loss-making journey. It was during this period when I first came across DFA act Yacht. The conceptual thought bubble of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, Portland's Yacht sold themselves as an inclusive organisation aiming to enhance the spiritual, physical and psychic well being of mankind through seminars and self help tapes; plus they had tunes, looked amazing and brought the party live. I once saw Jona jump 5' onto a stage from standing. On "Shangri-La", Yacht assert that the future is a blank slate upon which anything can be imposed. "Shangri-La" argues that "Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time." In line with the existing emphasis on self-empowerment in the Yacht philosophy, Yacht's idea of "Utopia" is personal. Yacht believes that the only real sustainable paradise is in our minds, and hence creative output can be a tangible piece of the Utopia within each individual. 'Shangri-La' literally is Yacht's Utopia, a place made of songs.  And what are the songs like, you ask. Still working in a post-punk landscape the duo created a mix of B-52's style quirky pop, DFA disco and off kilter bass grooves. The result is an absolute classic, join the movement.

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