YACHT has announced the details of their new album ‘Chain Tripping’, which will be out on August 30th, 2019 via DFA Records. The LP features the new single SCATTERHEAD (which is out now with an accompanying lyric video – watch it below) and (Downtown) Dancing. The album is available now for pre-order.
The SCATTERHEAD lyric video brings several AI typography experiments to life—neural vector fonts adapted from a recent Google Brain research paper and low-res, morphing bit fonts created with a custom tool that YACHT will reveal more information about next month—against a background of jittering bodies generated using a human pose estimation model called DensePose. YACHT is adapting advanced research science to their pop presentation and doing it all from their home studio using beta software and minimal resources.
The band’s frenetic sound is toned down on (Downtown) Dancing, a scotch-taped disco track with an anxious, funky bass groove that Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip calls a “nimble sprightly chugger,” already in heavy rotation on KCRW, KEXP, and BBC Radio 6, among other tastemaking radio stations worldwide.
‘Chain Tripping’ — the band’s seventh LP and third for DFA — was recorded between Marfa, Texas and the band’s home in Los Angeles. The ten songs are unlike anything YACHT has ever made: pop experiments from a sideways dimension coaxed into their studio through a portal opened by machine intelligence.
“AI and Machine Learning represent a revolution in music equivalent to the introduction of the synthesizer or the beginning of laptop music. We’ve been a band long enough to watch technology overwrite our assumptions many times, and felt compelled to bring these new tools into our life,” explains YACHT.
YACHT (an acronym for “Young Americans Challenging High Technology”) is Claire L. Evans, Jona Bechtolt, and Rob Kieswetter. For ‘Chain Tripping,’ the trio invented their own working method, at the intersection of DIY and high-tech: they used neural networks to break their patterns apart into infinite variations, which they
Collaborators include artist Ross Goodwin, “
“All of this experimentation would be meaningless if it didn’t result in something larger than the sum of its parts,” explains YACHT. “This album challenged us in unexpected ways, opened new dialogues, and ultimately touches something deep about who we are. This is what technology can do it if it’s wielded with love, in a spirit of self-discovery. This is what artificial intelligence can be if we think of it not as an endgame but as a starting point.”
|Chain Tripping tracklist|
Blue On Blue
Stick It To The Station
2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of YACHT’s critically-acclaimed See Mystery Lights, named Best New Music by Pitchfork, selected as a Critic’s Choice by the New York Times, and called a “start-to-finish powerhouse” by the Washington Post.
For more information on YACHT, visit teamyacht.com.