YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN - YT//ST

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This is so good (at pushing my closet stoner buttons?).

Hits a spot very close to the one Boris hits.

And I'm I'm starting a thread even though I have nothing to say about it really.

For all the outfit's emphasis on their multi-media rock opera approach to things and the ongoing narratives behind their work, this feels very complete and satisfying as a recording. It's short though, so I just keep listening to it.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 17 September 2012 14:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Great band. If all goes well with show hopping at pop montreal this week, I'll be seeing the opera.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:35 (six years ago) Permalink

I like this record a ton. It sounds to me like the description of Boris I got from people who tried and failed to push them on me over the years.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 17 September 2012 16:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Found them on Bandcamp & was moderately impressed, then few weeks later saw they'd been added to the bill of the Jeff Mangum ATP. Made an effort to catch them & was blown away. Rushed straight to the merch stall after & ordered the record (they'd had trouble getting merch into country, so had nothing left to sell). Record took an age to show up, & is currently in the To Be Played pile...need to get on to that.

Wandering Boy Poet, Monday, 17 September 2012 16:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, their live show is great - saw them at ATP and then again in NYC a few months back.

atari era stylings of (seandalai), Monday, 17 September 2012 16:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i missed about half their set when i saw them but what i saw was pretty amazing

TOP FEMALE LAWYER & CARTOONIST FOR 2011: (donna rouge), Monday, 17 September 2012 16:43 (six years ago) Permalink

okay, this is fantastic, but i don't think the boris comparisons make much sense, at least as far as this album is concerned (haven't seen them live). YT//ST remind me of deerhoof more than boris.

i know your nuts hurt! who's laughing? (contenderizer), Monday, 17 September 2012 17:45 (six years ago) Permalink

I think I should mention this is really hooky and catchy, rhythmic and melodic. I have bits and pieces of this album going through my head all day long at the moment.

My making the Boris comparison might simply be due to lack of familiarity with similar bands. On the other hand, they do mention their admiration for Boris in interviews (not that that guarantees sounding alike, but it seems a lot close to home than if they mentioned, say, their admiration for the Spinners).

As for Deerhoof, I think I did possibly like their overall sound except for the vocals which killed it for me.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 17 September 2012 23:09 (six years ago) Permalink

this is sounding great. kinda like deerhoof meets magma-esque grandeur - or the ruins version of magma in 'symphonica' or koenjihyakkei minus the extreme-technicality and overall wackiness, dunno*. with the ocasional - and mostly welcoming? - nod to krautrock's equally cosmic and pastoral vibes and, err, kate bush in 'oak of guernica'?

*tbh, i don't listen to those albums in a very long time, so i might be totally off-handed here. and i guess it's the japanese factor that propels this association. either way, they don't really remind me of boris.

rusty_allen, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:12 (six years ago) Permalink

I really like the album, obv. I only recently found out that they do a whole 'opera' live! Let us know how it is if you go, rrrobyn. Despite living in the cultural mecca of Regina, I sometimes miss out on being able to see cool things.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 01:27 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks to Sund4r, by the way, for recommending this album to me. (Maybe you are surprised to see I already started a thread about it.)

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 03:16 (six years ago) Permalink

I especially like the watashi-WA (if that's what it even is) in "Hoshi Neko."

Yes, okay, I guess the Boris comparison is flawed and misleading. It makes some sense in my own idiosyncratic set of musical categories, but it's probably not so useful in describing this band to others.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 04:09 (six years ago) Permalink

I especially like the watashi-WA (if that's what it even is) in "Hoshi Neko."

Haha, YES.

This band was a revelation when I heard the album in January, and were again when I saw them live this past spring. Fantastic musicians. I'd love to hear their new opera.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 05:27 (six years ago) Permalink

Watashi-waaaaAAAAAAAA

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:38 (six years ago) Permalink

great band, great DRUMS sound

nostormo, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Yes. Would it be self-parody for me to say that the way the drums are recorded on "Queens" (and maybe elsewhere--but it's especially noticeable there) reminds me of Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana (especially Shukyo)?

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 17:15 (six years ago) Permalink

watashi-WA

Does this mean "I am"? (I looked it up quickly.) Or do you just mean you like the way it sounds?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 17:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I just like the way it sounds on that song where they sing it a lot.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 17:34 (six years ago) Permalink

their show was totally bizarre and great at pop montreal - first half was operatic, diy queered fashion drama style, not for everyone but i was into it - second half (there was an intermission!) was much more a rock show, which ruled

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 24 September 2012 21:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Some of the live clips I've now gotten around to watching seem pretty iffy. I miss the studio effects and polish in this case.

At around 3:12 "Reverse Crystal/Murder of a Spider" definitely reminds me of a Boris - Smile sort of jump (with a little hint of old Boredoms near the end). As always, I might be making these comparisons because I don't listen to that much music close to this.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 28 September 2012 17:46 (six years ago) Permalink

saw them the last time they played toronto. while the live experience isn't as sharp as the record, they're still a wonderfully fun band to see in person.

borntohula, Saturday, 29 September 2012 00:46 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGOqU8mJ1Ic

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:04 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhxrH1pWRVw

nostormo, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Weird, I thought I had already posted that. It was on another thread apparently, but yeah that belongs here more than the Bowie cover.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:26 (six years ago) Permalink

hope they will be more focused on the next album

nostormo, Saturday, 6 October 2012 20:34 (six years ago) Permalink

I think YT//ST is plenty focused.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 21:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Or did you mean more focus on working on it rather than one off things like the Bowie cover (for someone else's compilation)?

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 6 October 2012 21:57 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

The guitar on "Lamia" really really reminds me of Fred Giannelli (not that he was particularly original (though I liked his sound), but this is so close to what he went for a lot of the time that it stands out).

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, 12 December 2012 18:29 (six years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I think I underrated this record. As I said, I liked it a ton but I'm head over heels in love with it now. "A Star Over Pureland" is perfect.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 16:24 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

New single is great:

http://pitchfork.com/features/update/9189-yamantaka-sonic-titan/

(Thanks, sund4r.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 24 August 2013 04:47 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Yes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH3X4D0NyS8

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 13 September 2013 05:53 (five years ago) Permalink

No

nostormo, Friday, 13 September 2013 07:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes

emil.y, Friday, 13 September 2013 13:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Hell yes.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 13 September 2013 13:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe

nostormo, Friday, 13 September 2013 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink

definitely, love this band

money, chicken and other DNA (sleeve), Friday, 13 September 2013 14:18 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm convinced

nostormo, Friday, 13 September 2013 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I like this one better than "One." The piano in the opening even reminds me of Matthew Shipp a bit. And let's not discard anything prematurely, like the psychedelic inheritance.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/16171-windflower/

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 11 October 2013 03:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Has LJ heard these guys yet?

emil.y, Friday, 11 October 2013 11:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyway, I prefer 'One' to 'Windflower', but I can see the latter working really well as an album track. Call me crazy but I hear a certain Trish Keenan phrasing to some of those lines?!

emil.y, Friday, 11 October 2013 11:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh! On it soon's I'm home :)

check yr poptimism (imago), Friday, 11 October 2013 11:59 (five years ago) Permalink

This was the one that first got me into them, but I reckon 'One' or 'Lamia' will hit your tastes quicker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k472YAVzoGU

emil.y, Friday, 11 October 2013 12:09 (five years ago) Permalink

It's a good record. Expect a full review from me somewhere soon.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 11 October 2013 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

that was groovy - very melancholic keys. may have a root around for more

imago, Friday, 11 October 2013 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

oh now this Windflower is what I'm TALKING about :D

imago, Friday, 11 October 2013 21:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Now listening to One. Shit me I made a good decision to spin out in that awful thread earlier

imago, Friday, 11 October 2013 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

You can still stream their debut album on their bandcamp site, I think. Also on spotify.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 11 October 2013 21:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Really loving Windflower though.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 11 October 2013 21:07 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89iO84vztyM

EZ Snappin, Friday, 11 October 2013 21:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Only issue I have is that the closing rave-up sticks with the same riff throughout when it's crying out for an escalation or change-up. Apart from that, great. Gonna listen to the debut album now.

Windflower is the best one I've heard so far.

imago, Friday, 11 October 2013 21:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I agree. I think it's much more welcoming than the debut. The appeal is broader and there are ways into it from a lot of different musical angles.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 10 November 2013 17:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Idk. Like the firstvrecord better

nostormo, Sunday, 10 November 2013 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

the wretched will drown
with the salt on their lips
the stars at their feet
fanning flame to the mist
where the silent men live
and refuse to die
hand in hand they ride
into battle with the tide
to victory, a song...

after spending a bit more time w uzu, i do agree that it's uneven - but that's only a problem when i think of it as a collection of discrete songs. certain passages might feel incomplete absent the rest, but the whole works amazingly well as a front-to-back listening experience. while it's narrative, like the best prog rock albums, it feels less like a story than a journey. i can't call it complete success by pop's standards, but it's immersive, varied, moving and, best of all, remarkably catchy (at least in moments). tbh, it's hard to imagine the existence of people who wouldn't enjoy "atlanta", "whalesong" and "seasickness pt. 2". then again, it's hard to imagine a lot of supposedly real things.

CANONICAL artists, etc., etc. (contenderizer), Tuesday, 12 November 2013 04:22 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

UZU is growing on me and feel like it holds together more, over repeated listens.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 7 December 2013 02:26 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

whoa well done whoever nominated 'whalesong' for the EOY, this v v much bangs

VENIET IMBER (imago), Thursday, 9 January 2014 16:31 (four years ago) Permalink

:) It's a good 'un

Ornate Coleman (Moodles), Thursday, 9 January 2014 16:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Sadly cut off at 26 in my now-finalised traxballot. Give it an honourable gold star or something. Strikes me as the work of a band who are finding their way. The next album is probably going to determine whether I'm truly a Y//ST fan

VENIET IMBER (imago), Thursday, 9 January 2014 17:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Whalesong is the sh-t! This will make my ballot

fit for one who twerks and cries (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 9 January 2014 19:36 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Been playing this record a lot over the last week or so, I like it how it fuses a lot of the psych-folk stuff I like with preposterous pantomime rock bombast. It's deeply silly but very enjoyable.

Does remind me a bit of GGD in some unfathomable way as well.

Matt DC, Saturday, 1 February 2014 15:16 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

New song!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTP1ku405rc

? (seandalai), Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

I listened a few times yesterday and I'm still working out what I think of it. It goes to some interesting places, starting out almost like a pop ballad, building up to heavy riffing and lead guitar triplets, all in 4 minutes. Not sure if it all works for me but there are some satisfying moments.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 21 January 2018 17:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah my hot take is that it could work a lot better in the context of an album, as a standalone single I don't really get what it is.

? (seandalai), Sunday, 21 January 2018 18:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

Upthread I claim to have listened to the debut and loved it...but I have no recollection of it at all! Will have to revisit

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 21 January 2018 18:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah my hot take is that it could work a lot better in the context of an album, as a standalone single I don't really get what it is.

― ? (seandalai)

I get what you mean, but I think knowing their reference points and other endeavours (e.g. game soundtracking) it might be more fruitful to think of it as an opening theme? I'm hyped for new YT//ST stuff, anyway.

emil.y, Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:18 (ten months ago) Permalink

whoa this new track! get excited ilm

#TeamHailing (imago), Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

Hey, this is all right. Never heard of this band before.

you can make fun of birthday parties all you want (ultros ultros-ghali), Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:37 (ten months ago) Permalink

I like it. It does seem to lack the heft to be a single, but it's still good and could play out nicely on an album.

Salt Lake City Motorcycle Accident Nerve Damage Lawyer (_Rudipherous_), Monday, 22 January 2018 19:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Okay, 'Hungry Ghost' is rad.

https://exclaim.ca/music/article/yamantaka_sonic_titan-hungry_ghost

emil.y, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:33 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

\m/

imago, Friday, 23 March 2018 10:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

progge is alive and well in 2018

imago, Friday, 23 March 2018 10:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

I miss Ruby Kato Attwood more than I thought I would. This is good but it doesn't have the weird beauty of UZU, and a lot of that was her voice.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 March 2018 16:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

O holy shit, missed this. ORDERDED. Rarely a month goes by that I don't wonder what became of YT/ST.

Agree that "Someplace" is a weird choice for a lead single. Engaging & intriguing but awfully vague. Feels like it's just & finally getting ready to deliver when it abruptly ends. (Maybe it's better considered an "album teaser" or suchlike. Do we have those now?) Also agree that Ruby's soaring vocals are sorely missed. "Hungry Ghost" is much more immediate, and I love the vacuum tube Kali monster on the Soundcloud page.

Their label's Soundcloud also features 'Yandere' which doom-prog-pops even harder. By far my favorite of the three. Dere dere.

Video too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iUsVyZTB_I

will work for cultural capital (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2018 16:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

"hungry ghost" is almost deerhoof//gwar in the best way possible

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 23 March 2018 17:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

"hungry ghost" is almost deerhoof//gwar in the best way possible

― reggie (qualmsley), Friday, March 23, 2018 10:04 AM (six minutes ago)


Absolutely. I made the Deerhoof comparision upthread, but this is the first time their recordings have sounded as heavy as many claimed early on.

will work for cultural capital (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2018 17:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

whole album is on bandcamp

EZ Snappin, Friday, 23 March 2018 17:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh, one of them left?

Doesn't matter - this has their best music/songwriting so far

imago, Friday, 23 March 2018 18:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's true, but Ruby's voice lent the music a wide-eyed, otherworldly quality and emotional heft that was, I think, quite remarkable, especially in their heavy/arty niche. The anthemic, apocalyptic vocals at the end of the new album's closing "Out of Time" ("to be all alone at the end of the line") effectively communicate the idea of a desperate, heart-bursting passion that rises to meet life's darkest hour. But they don't embody it. They don't soar above the music like a battle flag.

YT/ST are coping with the absence just fine. Dirt brings sharpened chops and a much more fully developed sound to Alaska & co's best batch of songs yet, but Ruby's voice had an alchemical power I can't help missing.

will work for cultural capital (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2018 18:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Fair enough. Any idea why she left? Just heading in a different direction? Apparently one of the guitarists left too...

imago, Friday, 23 March 2018 18:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

No. I don't have any idea what motivated the split. Have looked for information online, but have come up only with the fact of it. Don't think anyone involved has spoken on the record about the details.

will work for cultural capital (contenderizer), Friday, 23 March 2018 19:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

interpersonal differences

ruby's been to opera school.
john's doing other stuff.
they are sweet people.

sean gramophone, Friday, 23 March 2018 19:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

Parts of 'Dark Water' sound like 90s Final Fantasy battle music lol

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 23 March 2018 20:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

That's unambiguously a good thing btw

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 23 March 2018 20:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

Aaaah yes I really like this, suppose I should check out their older stuff

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Friday, 23 March 2018 20:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

Wow, this sounds great on first listen.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 31 March 2018 16:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Shortly to see them. Excited!

imago, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 19:54 (five months ago) Permalink

And rightly so!

imago, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 23:02 (five months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

all these butt-clenchingly woke EOY lists, and yet no room for Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who are not only off-the-charts box-tickingly woke but also, more importantly, put out an amazing album

imago, Thursday, 6 December 2018 13:29 (one week ago) Permalink

They'll make mine.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Thursday, 6 December 2018 15:34 (one week ago) Permalink

but will it be butt-clenching?!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 6 December 2018 15:35 (one week ago) Permalink

I like this album, but I'm not sure it will make my 77 list, there may be too many albums I like even more.

I don't really get the woke comments though, but I suspect we'd all regret pursuing that line any further.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 6 December 2018 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

they are touring the US opening for Acid Mothers Temple in the spring, and playing my town. totally psyched.

sleeve, Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:01 (one week ago) Permalink

same here! I was surprised that tour's hitting smaller cities

mh, Thursday, 6 December 2018 16:32 (one week ago) Permalink

That def sounds like a good time

seandalai, Thursday, 6 December 2018 23:29 (one week ago) Permalink

sounds like a butt-clenchingly woke good time

macropuente (map), Friday, 7 December 2018 04:47 (one week ago) Permalink

amt always come to slc and it's always a great show. will not be missing this one.

macropuente (map), Friday, 7 December 2018 04:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Ohhhh shit this is gonna be awesome! I'm totally going!

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 7 December 2018 17:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Dirt is unquestionably one of the albums of the year

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 7 December 2018 17:37 (one week ago) Permalink

wb; otm

imago, Friday, 7 December 2018 18:00 (one week ago) Permalink


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