YACHT Cheat Sheet: A psychedelic dance-party duo that’s DFA Records-approved (which means James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem digs it) from Portland consisting of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans; on tour, they expand to a full, raucously delicious live band with the help of Rob “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter and Jeffrey Brodsk. Originally started as a solo project for Mr. Bechtolt in 2002, YACHT’s songs are weirdly good — full of blips and bloops splashing over snappy drumbeats with lyrics that skew towards utopian ramblings about psychic cities and idealist communes.
Their latest single, released in December of last year, is “Second Summer” — an LCD-inspired throwback disco dance track with a chorus that puts Claire Evans front-and-center singing “Can you stand by your man when shit hits the fan?” I’m fairly certain Claire is referring to how difficult it’s going to be to not dance when YACHT co-headline Phono Del Sol next weekend. Also, come on, “Second Summer” has got to be a reference to how sunny it gets in the deep Mission compared to the rest of the fogged-out city in July.
Anyway, it doesn’t really matter what I like to pretend they’re talking about, as YACHT have proven time and again that idealist cult utopian dance music is always already playing in everyone’s heads, especially when you’re out there in the park, the sun is shining, all your friends are there, and then YACHT drops the beat. That’s the second summer — when the heat and the music coalesce into one beautiful sunbeam straight into your brain.
To get a taste for what YACHT have in store on July 13, check out the animated video for “Second Summer” below (spoiler: the circle of life is re-imagined as blissfully-pleased triangles pooping out more triangles, all in marvelous technicolor):
YACHT is one of twelve acts performing at this year’s Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival, taking place Saturday, July 13 in Potrero del Sol Park in San Francisco. Other acts include Thee Oh Sees, K. Flay ,Bleached, Marnie Stern, Painted Palms, Blouse, Radiation City, Surf Club and B. Hamilton as well as some of our favorite local food trucks. Tickets for the festival (presented by The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone) are moving quickly, so buy yours today!