Label: DFA Records
Release Date: 2009-07-22
For fans of the Blow — the Khaela Maricich/Jona Bechtolt electro-pop collab that produced the sublime, sensitive Paper Television — Bechtolt's current project, YACHT, can feel like a consolation prize. For kids who just want to shake their asses, though, See Mystery Lights is the real winner, packed with irrepressible beats that will soundtrack countless dark, sweat-soaked dance floors. Bechtolt and vocalist Claire L. Evans (who always sounds too cool at best, and bored at worst) mash up post-punk riffs ("It's Boring/You Can Live Anywhere You Want"), Afropop ("Ring the Bell"), and pure bubblegum ("Psychic City"), among other genres, into a catchy — if not always coherent — whole. While Bechtolt's production skills are unquestionable, lyrics range from clever ("I'm in love with a ripper") to confused ("Be careful with the downloading / Read the comments"). No matter how fun YACHT can be, they mostly make me miss the Blow — if only because Maricich gave your brain something to do while your ass was moving.