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YACHT’s new album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, is available everywhere on Downtown Records; today, they are excited to share the title track’s video. Directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko, the video premiered on NPR’s First Watch.

Claire Evans & Jona Bechtolt of YACHT note:

“This is a science fiction video that uses only existing technologies—VR, drones, self-balancing scooters (“hoverboards”), telepresence robots, selfie sticks, Soylent, and vape pens. All of these things have variably been presented as symbols of our futuristic world, but up close, they just feel straight-up comical. Our director, Eugene Kotlyarenko, has a unique perspective on this material, as a filmmaker. His feature film, Zeros and Ones, takes place entirely in computer interfaces. He was a perfect partner. He totally understood what we wanted to do and how to do it—from faux FaceTime to faking scrubbing ahead on YouTube.”

Director Eugene Kotlyarenko, whose new feature film A Wonderful Cloud, comes out in select theaters and on VOD this Friday, writes,

“So much of my work is about the anxieties induced by technology and how absurd it makes our lives. When I heard the song and met up with YACHT about their original concept, our sensibilities congealed immediately. It was full speed ahead from the word go. The whole experience was a fun lark. In fact the only issue we had was keeping our slew of ideas down to a manageable number. There are just way too many silly objects running our lives these days. Exhibit A: The Eggstractor. Clearly the future is now.”

The band is on tour now with shows in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London and more. All dates are below. Fans can order the album on iTunes and purchase an exclusive white limited edition vinyl LP and tote bag at their local independent record store while supplies last.

“It’s hard to judge YACHT’s new album, I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler, solely as a piece of music, because it’s also an auditory experience, a cultural manifesto, and a performance art piece . . .  consistently reinvents what it means to exist in today’s world, mangling the boundaries between reality and dystopia, between art and science.” The Verge

“Always densely layered and hypnotically catchy.” NPR

“Future offers just about the best time you can have inside a fit of existential dread . . . if we won’t make it out alive, at least we can dance while we’re here.”Consequence of Sound

“The track features YACHT’s trademark propellant drive and thoughtfully considered lyrics.” Los Angeles Times

“Hand delivers you to an alternate universe.” GQ

“Anyone who loves pop music that moves feet, brings smiles, and snaps like bubblegum, and who is also deathly tired of the mainstream, will think I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler is just about the coolest thing around.” AllMusic

“Future finds YACHT alive in a whole new way, with the group crafting not only some of the best pop of their careers, but of 2015 as a whole. YACHT may have thought once upon a time that the future would have been cooler, but by any metric, the future they’re in now is pretty damn excellent.” PopMatters

“A damning, dance-y critique of the vague emptiness and despair of the modern world.” LA Weekly

YACHT 2015 Tour Dates

Oct 22 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA *
Oct 24 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR *
Oct 25 – Neumos – Seattle, WA *
Nov 5 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY * [SOLD OUT] Nov 7 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC *
Nov 9 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA *
Nov 12 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, NL
Nov 15 – Badaboum – Paris, FR
Nov 16 – Oslo – London, UK
Nov 17 – Night and Day – Manchester, UK
Nov 19 – Vooruit Café – Gent, BE
Nov 20 – Molotov – Hamburg, DE
Nov 21 – Salon IKSV – Istanbul, TR
Nov 22 – Luxor – Cologne, DE
Nov 23 – Lido – Berlin, DE

* with Larry Gus


Album Art: Luke Gilford

I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler Tracklisting

1. Miles & Miles

2. White Mirror

3. Matter

4. Ringtone

5. I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler

6. L.A. Plays Itself

7. I Wanna Fuck You Til I’m Dead

8. Hologram

9. Don’t Be Rude

10. War On Women

11. The Entertainment