Opening with their version of a line appropriated from Bloodhound Gang's 'Fire Water Burn', is Yacht's latest offering from their fifth album (the second one of which has been released via DFA on June 27th) Shangri-La, is this first single entitled 'Dystopia'.
It's a warning, a prophesy, a harkening for doomsday, a true story; it seems that the Yacht duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans have been getting more and more serious as they've gone along. 'Dystopia' seems to be the first coming from an album themed by the idea of paradise, and their belief that:
"...the only real sustainable paradise is in our minds, and hence creative output can be a tangible piece of the Utopia within each individual. Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time."
Whatever that last bit is supposed to mean, I'm eager as ever to hear what latest delightful kook Yacht will deliver. I just really hope they haven't veered too hard into 2012 end of days territory.
For our perusal and ponderment, the duo issued this statement, noting important moments when various peops in history tried to get down with 'Utopia', including their own personal attempts. Check it whilst hearing new track 'Dystopia' below:
IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THINKING, WRITING, AND TRYING UTOPIA
BIBLICAL HISTORY: Adam and Eve kicked out of Eden, beginning the "Fall of Man."
2000 BCE: The Epic of Gilgamesh, the earliest recorded journey of the search for Earthly Paradise.
380 BCE: Plato writes The Republic, concerning the definition of justice and the character of a just city.
1515 CE: St. Thomas More writes Utopia, coining the word.
1627 CE: Francis Bacon pens New Atlantis, expressing the need for scientific rationalism in the creation of a perfect society.
1905 CE: H.G. Wells writes A Modern Utopia, proposing the formation of a world state.
1933 CE: James Hilton writes Lost Horizon, popularizing the myth of "Shangri-La."
1973 CE: The People's Temple establishes Jonestown in Guyana, South America.
1984 CE: After a bioterror attack, Rajneeshpuram falls and followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh leave their commune in Oregon.
1997 CE: Members of the Heaven's Gate cult ascend to the "next level" from a mansion in San Diego, California.
2004 CE: Portland, Oregon-based band YACHT experiences the paranormal "Mystery Lights" of Marfa, Texas.
2007 CE: YACHT develops its own philosophy, becoming a "Band, Business, and Belief System."
2008 CE: YACHT tours museums, festivals, and rock clubs around the world, disseminating philosophical materials in the process.
2009 CE: YACHT releases the critically-acclaimed See Mystery Lights on DFA Records.
2010 CE: YACHT begins recording in the "West Coast Utopian triangle" of Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, California, and Marfa, Texas.
2011 CE: YACHT releases Shangri-La.
2012 CE: YACHT breaks ground in the building of the Shangri-La Center in Marfa, TX.