Are you going to a party this weekend? It's the fourth of July, so probably. Then you'll want to put on YACHT's delightfully poppy "Psychic City," which is, surprisingly, a cover of a totally bizarre non-song song from the 1980s.


As YACHT explained over at their blog, the original, erh, tone-poem that became Psychic City was created by Rich Jensen, a long time friend, fan, and inspiration of the band. Here's the recording from his 1987 cassette called Two Million Years. You don't need me to tell you how different it sounds.


But YACHT's music isn't a totally departure either. "Two Million Years is a surreal mix of field recordings and tone-poem songs' (Rich thought 'songs' were stupid at the time), and it's been a huge influence for us in terms of sheer concept and unembellished honesty," write YACHT. Their blog post is, in fact, a wonderful little behind-the-scenes describing how their 2009 song was created.

But if you're not looking for any song deconstruction and just want to something for a fun summer evening, press play.

Come on over over, we're having a party for you.

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