The synth pop group returns with their first album in four years.
YACHT — the project consisting primarily of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans — are back with a new album. The band has been relatively quiet this decade following the release of their 2011 album Shangri-La, but they’ve announced their return with plenty of style.
The title of the album — I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler — was revealed today through a Los Angeles billboard on Santa Monica Ave. If you don’t live in Los Angeles (or, let’s face it, just don’t want to risk getting caught in rush hour) the band also revealed it in a teaser video shot with a drone camera. Check it out below along with a message from the band:
“The future is an impossible goal. It’s something we chase after, believing in an illusion of control. That isn’t to say our actions don’t affect what the future is like— in our case, hot, dry, loud, unjust—but that once we catch up to yesterday’s future, it’s no longer what we imagined. It’s just the present all over again. And so on.
“We’ve made an album about that. It contains some speculations about the future that are big and distant as science fiction stories. But it’s also about looking carefully at the world around us and trying to understand what we’ve done with the imaginations of those who came before us. Would they believe it?
“We live in a complex moment. There seem to be networks at every level of reality; as with all our technologies, we can’t keep ourselves from grabbing them, turning them around, and using them as a mirror. Every person is a node. Our technological economy is full of entities selling our own lives back to us. It’s easy to feel disillusioned, if only it wasn’t all so funny sometimes. #ITTFWBC”