YACHT, 'Shangri-La' (DFA)

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Shangri-La
Critical Mass
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Label: DFA

by Michael Tedder

This mantra-happy Portland dance duo continually stress that they're not posing as a cult. But the duo's new album presents itself as a bid to inspire followers who then will go on to build a better world through the power of "self-actualization" and irresistible grooves. On Shangri-La, YACHT add sinewy live instrumentation to their previously chilly electro, and when frontwoman Claire Evans, possessed of Kim? Gordon's cool authority and Annie's playfulness, ?espouses her utopian "belief system," the ?bubblegum beats make it easy to buy into the philosophizing.

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