YAST self-titled debut album is out in Scandinavia the 30th of January. Rest of the world have to wait to April.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence or maybe it’s actually a necessity to have your roots in a steel-producing town like Sandviken to acquire a deep enough longing for somewhere else, if you happen to be dreamy, alternative guys who play music. YAST, the lo-fi romantics, are just that. The band was formed in 2007 by Carl Kolbaek-Jensen, Tobias Widman and Marcus Norberg. In 2008, they were lured down to Malmö and a couple of years ago Markus Johansson and Niklas Wennerstrand, the drummer and bass player from the postrock band Aerial, joined forces.
In February 2012, they released their first single “Believes”. It was the first in a single trilogy, consisting of “Believes”, “Strangelife” and “Stupid”, leading up to their upcoming debut album. A trio of perfect dreamy pop songs which in their nonchalant but humble way are placing themselves on music blogs all over the world. Rarely has a Swedish band had a better start to their career. In addition to this viral attention, they have played tons during the year including together with related artists such as TOY, The Drums, Tame Impala and DIIV. Plus a UK tour and several festivals.
”Describing YAST can be hard, but also really easy. On the one hand, it’s just plain and simple pop with a verse, chorus and solo. Songs about love, loneliness and confusion. With stolen melodies in a language a three year old could understand. On the other hand, it’s our love, our loneliness and our confusion. It took just over a year and a half to record the album. But it feels like the first seed for what would finally become a record was sown back in 2008 when we moved to Malmö. We have the people we got to know there to thank for everything, and the city itself to thank for all the inspiration. But basically, this is a love album, about good and less good relationships, based on true events. And if it reaches out and touches people in any way, then we’re happy.”
All essential to YAST.
”Their songs are an ambitious swing at making moves for the better.”
“Leaves us thinking “best pop song 2012?” Definitely up there with songs like Tame Impala’s Apocalypse Dreams”.
“The song is a semi-conscious journey through the scattered thoughts of a loved-up songwriter; both uplifting and in its own way, heartbreaking.”
“One of Sweden’s absolute finest young bands for the past year”
Birds Need Feet
“Dream-pop with a twinge of nostalgia? […] Seemingly harkening to alternative 90s and the pop stylings of the 60s and 70s at the same time, their sound is similar to something you could imagine Ariel Pink creating.”
“A three minute pop gem that glides through the air effortlessly; a naive paean to the early days of a love affair.”
The Line of Best Fit
”YAST inaugurate the summer”
Parasites and Sycophants
“YAST have more potential than nearly any other band around.”
Listen Before You Buy
Okay, if you haven’t heard YAST yet, it’s high time you check them out and listen to them now. “Stupid” is a single from the upcoming debut album released in January. And it sounds really, really good.
”Stupid is bursting with joyous sun-kissed vibes. […] Can’t wait to hear what the album brings in spring 2013.
Scientists of Sound
“Strangelife’ is another winner from the Malmö-based act and it should fit comfortably as your soundtrack for the summer.”
They’ve already released two brilliant singles this year in ‘Believes’ and ‘Strangelife’; and in mid-October they followed it with a third; ‘Stupid’. ‘Stupid’ is just as good as their previous work.