Portland, Oregon artist Yacht aka The Blow’s Jona Bechtolt returns to London to play Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.
His songs are wide and warm-hearted. What makes them so accessible – apart from their undeniable vigour, or their fractured, crystalline pop sensibility – is the strength of their objective. Behind the beats and the choruses, which come from left-field and bloom into frenetic dance breaks, are big ideas about how positive thinking, optimism, and luck can replace blind faith in a world without a lot of white gloves, or magic.
Bechtolt has been a promiscuous genre-smasher since his adolescence, when he decided that playing drums in the touring punk band he formed with his older brother was more worthwhile than attending a single day of high school. He has plied his unique breed of laptop wizardry and grunge intuition to endless collaborations, both as drummer and producer, with west coast mainstays like Devandra Banhart, Panther, Mt. Eerie, Bobby Birdman and E* Rock. Yacht shows are uncluttered inspiring sessions of improbable dance moves and synchronized crowd-waving; the songs shudder happily into the air, and any relation-ship to ‘laptop music’ is shattered by Bechtolt’s own strain of shamanistic bombast.
“YACHT smells wonderful. I must say, all the time he spent in our bus, it was as if a cool breeze was blowing through my mind. and good songs, too!” – James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
“YACHT = megaphysical.” – Devendra Banhart
“Positive energy rainbow dome music from a next-generation west coast healer.” – Dave Longstreth, Dirty Projectors
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