Who knew that a utopia would be so angular and filled with the sounds of YACHT's dance punk? In their new double video, the Portland duo of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans experience both "Utopia" and then "Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)". This is also coincidentally the names of the first two tracks off their new album, Shangri-La out June 28th on DFA records.
In the video, directed by YACHT's favorite genre-oblivious artist Rene Daalder, the camera moves around a geodesic grid with little islands of various scenes and beautiful mountainous landscapes in the background. This is "Utopia", and according to the song "There's nothing in the future/It's up to us to make/Utopia, utopia, utopia, utopia!" The bareness of the video game space created by Daalder makes utopia appear pretty trippy. Unfortunately you can't mess too much with a utopia as YACHT soon learns. Trying to change the grid to triangles (one of YACHT's many semiotics) causes utopia to splinter apart and become "Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)". Now the duo must get away quick running and biking their way through space on a treadmill and exercise bike. Check out the surreal video below and maybe find a bit of utopia for yourself.