Not many indie-rock albums result from divine intervention. But YACHT's See Mystery Lights
did just that.
A few years ago, Jona Bechtolt, who formed the electronic dance-rock duo with Claire Evans, was driving in the pre-dawn hours through the one-horse town of Marfa, Texas, when he caught a glimpse of something strange in the sky. "It looked like stars splitting apart," he recalls. "I definitely felt like there were forces bigger than me at work." What he saw was the area's legendary "mystery lights," a phenomenon that's been puzzling scientists for decades, and the 10 tracks Bechtolt wrote about them inspire as much awe as he felt that night.
One part LCD Soundsystem-style disco-punk, one part C86 basement party, the Portland duo's supercharged album is full of blissed-out anthems about resisting fear and living the hell out of life. But if See Mystery Lights
sounds like a sermon, its warped-thump basslines and pitter-patter drum machines were only built for worship at the altar of the dance floor.
"We believe in overcoming humanity and becoming your own God -- it's about self-empowerment," says Evans. "But we also know the power of a good pop song."
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