Described by themselves as a belief system, YACHT was born in 2002 in Portland, Oregon, as a solo cross-disciplinary experiment for Jona Bechtolt, using technology to extend physical boundaries of communication, performance, and music. In 2008, after a shared mystical experience in the Far West Texas desert, Bechtolt was joined in the YACHT endeavor by longtime collaborator Claire L. Evans. Spurred by this paranormal bond, this new incarnation of YACHT wrote and recorded “See Mystery Lights” in Marfa, Texas.
Yacht has toured with LCD Soundsystem (R.I.P.), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Architecture in Helsinki, and Vampire Weekend. They’re is multidisciplinary enough to have been paired with the Chemical Brothers, the Breeders, and Phoenix; and have played on boats, in caves, in bathrooms, in art galleries and museums, in rural China, and at the Hollywood Bowl.
'THE CANNES OF THE MUSIC WORLD'
--Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music