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YACHT: "Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)"

Portland electro pop/conceptual art duo YACHT today released the first single from their forthcoming DFA album Shangri-La for

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YACHT'S New Single, "Dystopia," Is Almost as Good as Its Press Release

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YACHT: "Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)"

Portland electro pop/conceptual art duo YACHT today released the first single from their forthcoming DFA album Shangri-La for download. The song is called "Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)," and as always with these guys, it comes swaddled in promotional literature that with its awesomeness threatens to outshine the song itself:

On Shangri-La, YACHT asserts that the future is a blank slate upon which anything can be imposed.

Shangri-La argues that "Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time." In line with the existing emphasis on self-empowerment in the YACHT philosophy, YACHT's idea of "Utopia" is personal. YACHT believes 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.

Shangri-La literally is YACHT's Utopia, a place made of songs.

The rest of the press release is after the jump, for those inclined to pore over such things, but let's talk about what makes this song tick here in the material realm, shall we?

The first thing you hear is the chorus, sung a capella by Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt, before a ticking time-bomb drum machine and video-game synths kick in, and immediately you may notice some familiar themes. First, there's the titular sentiment that the Earth is on fire, which to my mind immediately recalls a song by another electronic duo with conceptual ambitions, Orbital's '90s rave tune "Impact (The Earth Is Burning)":

Then there's the flip of the traditional chant "We don't need no water/Let the motherfucker burn" as popularized by the Bloodhound Gang's "Fire Water Burn" (true story, I heard this song before I'd heard the Pixies song that it riffs on--oh, youth):

YACHT change that to "We don't have no daughter," which could be read as an indictment of those who treat the planet as though no future generations might need it, or could be seen as a declaration of exactly such destructive freedom: If one really doesn't have any offspring to worry about, why not spark the motherfucker up?

That's all I got so far. Anyway, the rest of that awesome press release, complete with "IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THINKING, WRITING, AND TRYING UTOPIA" and, more prosaically, tour dates:

Shangri-La is YACHT's second album for DFA Records, and fifth for the world. Shangri-La was produced, mixed, recorded, and performed by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans with frequent collaborator and touring member Bobby Birdman, at the Marfa Recording Company, Jackpot! Studios, and in temporary living quarters in Los Angeles, California.

On Shangri-La, YACHT asserts that the future is a blank slate upon which anything can be imposed.

Shangri-La argues that "Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within us that has been eaten alive by time." In line with the existing emphasis on self-empowerment in the YACHT philosophy, YACHT's idea of "Utopia" is personal. YACHT believes 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.

Shangri-La literally is YACHT's Utopia, a place made of songs.

The conceptual Eden featured in this image from Shangri-La was painted by iconic science fiction illustrator Jim Burns, three-time Hugo Award-winner.

Utopia is nothing without community. Please join YACHT.

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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 YACHTexperiences 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.

YACHT US Tour Dates:

04/13/11 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club

04/15/11 Indio, CA - Coachella

04/17/11 Marfa, TX - Padre's

04/19/11 Austin, TX - Emo's

04/20/11 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Downstairs

04/22/11 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade

04/23/11 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

04/24/11 Richmond, VA - The National

04/25/11 Washington, DC - Black Cat

04/26/11 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

04/27/11 New York, NY - Webster Hall

04/29/11 Providence, RI - The Met Cafe

04/30/11 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

05/01/11 Montreal, QC - Cabaret Du Mile End

05/02/11 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace

05/04/11 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center

05/05/11 Chicago, IL - Metro

05/06/11 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall

05/07/11 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club

05/09/11 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater

05/10/11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

05/12/11 Seattle, WA - Neumo's

05/13/11 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre

05/14/11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

05/15/11 Astoria, OR - Fort George Brewery

 
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