Yacht – Shangri-La – Limited Edition, White Vinyl, 2xLP, DFA Records, 2011

Limited edition of 1,000 white vinyl copies. Includes 4 slipcovers and a gatefold jacket with liner notes, lyrics, photos and spot gloss.

Electronic band. Shangri-La was produced, mixed, recorded, and performed by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans with frequent collaborator and touring member Bobby Birdman, at the Marfa Recording Company, Jackpot! Studios, and in temporary living quarters in Los Angeles, California. On Shangri-La, YACHT asserts that the future is a blank slate upon which anything can be imposed. Shangri-La argues that “Paradise is kinetic potential, a latency within US that has been eaten alive by time.” in line with the existing emphasis on self-empowerment in the YACHT philosophy, their idea of “Utopia” is personal. They believes that the only real sustainable paradise is in our minds, and hence creative output can be a tangible piece of the Utopia within each individual. Shangri-La literally is YACHT’s Utopia, a place made of songs.