Few bands can make you dance and contemplate the nature of reality at the same time, but this is what Portland, Oregon based indie-pop duo YACHT forces you to do. Electronic composer Jona Bechtolt created the project in 2003 and released three albums before adding additional vocalist Claire Evans, in 2009. The duo, which is part experimental progressive rock and part 1980’s synthpop, recently embarked on a world tour, which took them to places like China and Mexico, and will soon bring them to Buffalo, New York. See Mystery Lights, YACHT’s fourth album, and first featuring Evans, was released in 2009 by dance-punk master James Murphy’s record label, DFA Records. The album propelled them into the vision of many electronic indie music fans with its existentialist lyrics about life after death, and the existence other worldly dimensions (The Afterlife, Ring The Bell), hypnotic chants about human nature, (Boring/You Can Live Anywhere You Want) and ironic lines about the supernatural like “I used to live in a psychic city/I never knew what would happen in a day” (Psychic City). The heady themes examined in their lyrics are toned down slightly by upbeat and bouncy digital sounds layered with fuzzy guitar riffs, complex looped drum tracks, and bizarre samples buried in the mix. Be prepared to dance along with this philosophic art duo as they turn knobs and click laptop keys on stage at Soundlab on Sunday (March 7).
— cory perla
9pm. Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907). $12-$14.