#24: YACHT – See Mystery Lights

I’m willing to bet that a large majority of the people who stumble upon this entry have never heard of the band YACHT (Yes, all caps intended).  I know I had no clue who they were a few months ago; then, after receiving a “best new music” designation from Pitchfork Media, I decided to check out their album, See Mystery Lights.

I could probably say that See Mystery Lights is the most fun album on my list. Although we live in a time where the college party scene is dominated by catchy pop tunes you hear on the radio, if you ever were to drunkenly meander to a “hipster” shindig, this is the album they would probably be dancing to.  That’s how I would describe this album; a party album.  Either that, or a summer album.  So, if you’re looking for music to play at a party, which happens to be in the summer, then you couldn’t go wrong with See Mystery Lights.

But that aside, I actually think this is a quality album; which is not something that you could always group with a dance/party album.  The production is tight, and lyrically, it’s actually pretty unique and interesting.

One side note about this album: there is one song that I absolutely cannot listen to on my computer.  The track “Psychic City (Voodoo City)” [see below] features an electronic effect that sounds identical to the noise in iChat when somebody initiates an IM with you.  You know, the sound that is similar to a bubble pop.  The first time I heard this track, I was listening to it on my Macbook, and wrongly thought that I was receiving messages.

I can recommend this album to anyone with any sort of interest in electronic music, or anybody who is looking for a fun (yet unique) dance/party album.


Released: July 28, 2009

Metacritic: 70/100
Pitchfork: 8.5/10
Allmusic: 3.5/5

My Last.fm

Recommended tracks:

Ring the Bell

Psychic City (Voodoo City)


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