Yacht, Summer Song and their tripped out new album cover

by Landry on April 9, 2009

photo by Steve Schroeder

YACHT (Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans) from Portland is stoked: their new album art was designed by Boyd Elder, the same guy who designed the art for the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975. It seems they were all hanging out in West Texas, writing, recording and whatnot, in the very place where an unexplained paranormal and optical phenomenon -The Marfa Lights – occurs in the sky. Sounds pretty neat. Still, I’m skeptical of hype. I read: “We have animated the online display in order to approximate this phenomenon” and I did exactly what they wanted….clicked the link.

Now I suggest you click it, too, because it’s an entrancing/entertaining experience, perhaps like going to the psychic down on the streetcorner, only there’s no charge. Try: See Mystery Lights.

Summer Song casts a tripnotic spell similar in effect to the album art.

And then there’s the video, a whole different beast:

YACHT – Summer Song from Jona Bechtolt on Vimeo.

Mostly, it seems, YACHT wants you to understand. They aim to impart a bilateral teaching of sorts: through their mind-melding music and with mucho information (like this pdf about sacred geometry).

Even if you don’t buy in, it’s worth a visit to their site, where you’ll get stuff like, “YACHT is a Band, Belief System, and Business…”  To get an idea of the mystique they aim to bait you with, visit Team Yacht Mission.

As long as they keep it really weird, I think I’m in.

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