Although Berkeley resident and Jersey transplant Dan Casey has been delivering a steady stream of glitched-out beats and soulfully spacey pop melodies as Yalls since around the time I started blogging in 2010, he is just now preparing the release of his first cohesive, proper full-length album under the moniker. The United LP is out May 6 on limited edition clear vinyl from Gold Robot Records. “Warlords” is the first single from the forthcoming release.
The album is a culmination of the unique sound that Yalls has been perfecting over the past several years, offering fresh, sophisticated production on his latest instrumental cuts. Songs like “Warlords” and “High Society” hint at Casey’s matured songwriting abilities as present on his previous Empty City release under his given name. The underlying style of United can be traced as far back as the earliest Yalls tracks like “Germs” and “Spaceship”, further enhanced with deep, dynamic layers and future-focused tones. Years of relentless experimentation and sweatsuit innovation have paid off, and United is the prize.
While Casey always has some kind of secret side project or crazy collaboration tucked under his bright blue sleeves, this will certainly do for now. Pre-order the 12-inch vinyl album from Gold Robot Records, where Yalls’ Fantasy 7-inch is also still available. After returning from SXSW, Yalls will open for Snowmine and Small Black at Rickshaw Stop on March 25.
Small Black, Snowmine, Yalls
March 25, 2014