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'Psychic City': YACHT'S new single remixed by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard

August 25, 2009 |  4:25 pm


Things have changed in the YACHT household: leader-founder Jona Bechtolt has been joined by former Angeleno Claire L. Evans, who used to play in the Smell staple band Weirdo Begeirdo, an almost-unlistenable study in chaos theory. They also released a new album, "See Mystery Lights," on July 28, and they've cooked up a host of side treats for those who think albums are so Whitney Houston circa 1985. Oops, we mean circa right now.

As a companion piece to "See Mystery Lights," YACHT has compiled a mixtape, "Anthem of the Trinity," that  packages their influences in 37 minutes (thanks, guys -- you know how to make a journalist's job easy). Named for the spooky-beautiful Terry Riley song, the mixtape also includes plenty of populist fare, with Nirvana's "Negative Creep," Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House," Harry Nilsson's "Jump Into the Fire," INXS' "New Sensation" and T-Pain's "I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)."

Lest you think that's all YACHT has in store, the Portland, Ore., band has also released an instrumental-only version of "See Mystery Lights." According to their statement, the songs can be used in "karaoke performances, confessional YouTube soundtracks, student films, personal analysis, atmospheric music, cover versions, chopping and screwing, or just to listen to if you don't enjoy YACHT's vocal performances."

We're digging all of that, but better still is this remix of YACHT's single "Psychic City" from Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. This is a chilly-sweet slice of minimal futurism. If it's not playing in some airport terminal soon -- a la Brian Eno, who occasionally gets played near the neon art at Chicago's O'Hare -- somebody's not doing something right.

-- Margaret Wappler

Photo courtesy Sarah Meadows