I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Oct 19, 2015

In a time when technology perhaps hinders the quality of life as much as it helps it, Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt have every reason to wish the future were cooler. Their sixth record as YACHT (and third with Evans as a full member) isn't so much about civilization's lack of robot servants and flying cars, but rather how the future is much darker than we once believed it could be.
Evans, while not getting overly explicit, lyrically takes aim at technological attachment ("Ringtone"), inequality ("War on Women") and social media's ability to exploit emotions on the stomping title track, as she sings, "Got my broken heart, I got it sold right back to me, by an algorithmic social entity."
Preventing such weighty topics from becoming too exhausting are the upbeat instrumentals with which they've been paired. Electronic compositions informed by disco and synth-pop aren't anything unexpected, though the bludgeoning hook of "Ringtone" and the piano pop of "I Want to Fuck You Till I'm Dead" are a step or two outside of YACHT's usual wheelhouse. These sounds, along with the odd cat noise and cell phone ring, add a humorous element to the messages, as if to say that although things may seem dark and draining, we all might as well try to have a little fun with it while we're here.

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