belated tunes: YACHT, “Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire)”


Download (right click, “save as”): YACHT, “Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire)”

There have been at least two phenomenal songs about the world’s engulfment in flames: Charles Bradley’s soulfully pleading “The World (Is Going Up in Flames)”, and now YACHT’s “Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire).”

Yes, the “Noun-(parenthesized description)” song titles are strangely parallel. But while Bradley considered that “nobody wants to take the blame,” YACHT has a polar, similarly acoustically-pleasing sentiment: “Let the motherfucker burn.”

What begins as a stop-what-you’re-doing-and-listen acapella harmony soon transforms into a pulsating, synth-laced firestorm all its own. And it is enjoyably difficult to discern between weird keyboard notes and what might be the sounds of beeping, apocalypse-bringing robots dying slowly in the flames. “Dystopia” is the cartoon expression of good ol’ end-of-the-world anxiety, and it’s a phenomenal one.

Visit YACHT’s strangely engaging website for a fistful of free downloads and to pre-order Shangri-La, due out August 30th.

Also, peep the Charles Bradley tune here (you won’t be disappointed):