YACHT, "See Mystery Lights"
Everything about the Portland, Ore.-based electornic duo YACHT is unconventional, from the band's obsession with triangles to its oddly alluring homemade music videos. YACHT's eccentricities are on full display on "See Mystery Lights," the follow-up to the band's understated 2007 debut. Its first release on DFA finds YACHT masterminds Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans gleefully tweaking the standards of electro-pop, adding R&B flavor to "I'm in Love with a Ripper" and groovy gospel to "Ring the Bell." Like DFA labelmates LCD Soundsystem and the Juan Maclean, YACHT also strives to create more memorable choruses, which is best displayed on the bouncy hook of the summer jam "Psychic City (Voodoo City)." The pair's cryptic lyrics can get lost in the shuffle at times, but Bechtolt and Evans offer enough interesting musical ideas to keep the listener engages. "See Mystery Lights" is a refreshing exploration of electronic music that allows its freak flag to fly. --Jason S. Lipshutz