First Listen: YACHT, ‘Shangri-La’ : NPR
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The title track on YACHT’s new album, Shangri-La, boasts an irresistible hook: “If I can’t go to heaven, let me to go L.A. … Shangri-La, la-la-la-la.” The song mixes delicate vocals with whimsical, piano-recital instrumentation to create a feel-good groove. But the duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans is more than just a fun indie-pop band with a bunch of great songs. YACHT’s two members are ambitious art-rockers who craft science-fiction ditties about utopias, dystopias and beaming out of this world. In short: This ain’t no yacht rock.