Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Murmuration Festival: Electro-Pop Yacht Is the Perfect Band for Technology, Arts Intersection

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Murmuration Festival: Electro-Pop Yacht Is the Perfect Band for Technology, Arts Intersection

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Performing at an event such as this weekend's Murmuration Festival is nothing new for electro-pop act Yacht.

Jona Bechtolt (vocals, guitar, programming and more) says the group whose name stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology has been part of festivals like Murmuration in the past, "and we're surprised we're not doing more than playing. We've done presentations, speeches and talks. We're very interested and involved in the scene of this stuff."

The band's Claire L. Evans (vocals) says the group has a fascination with the intersection of technology and the arts. "We're an interactive, immersive audio-visual experience. We like to make a lot of physical contact with the crowd. There's lots of personal space invasion. I like it when people feel like they're part of the show."

Yacht, which has toured with LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend, is working on a top-secret project. They won't give details except to say it will be a multimedia project.

"It will be larger than an album of music larger than a visual album," Evans says. "It's really weird and really ambitious."

But in the meantime, there's its latest album, "I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler" (2015).

"I think a lot of people think because the title is jokey it's about jet packs and wanting material things," Evans says. "Really, it's not. It's about the difficulty of seeing artists in a world where art is so commercialized. It's about all the things we all talk about, how scary the political climate is, how scary it is to reduce people to numbers."

The album represents the first time Yacht took its writing process outside of Evans and Bechtolt and allowed in a third party, the band's Rob Kieswetter.

"We always collaborated with Rob after we finished a song," Bechtolt says. "But this time, we were spending so much time together, we didn't see the need to separate any part of anything being made. …

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