Maybe it’s just a coincidence or maybe it’s actually a necessity to have your roots in a steel-producing town like Sandviken to acquire a deep enough longing for somewhere else, if you happen to be dreamy, alternative guys who play music. YAST, the lo-fi romantics, are just that. The band was formed in 2007 by Carl Kolbaek-Jensen, Tobias Widman and Marcus Norberg. In 2008, they were lured down to Malmö and a couple of years ago Markus Johansson and Niklas Wennerstrand, the drummer and bass player from the postrock band Aerial, joined forces.
In 2013 they finally released their self titled debut album together with a string of glimmering singles. “Believes”, “Strangelife”, “Stupid”, “I Wanna Be Young” and ”YAST” took them to distant bloggs and caotic venues all around the world. A better international respons on a debut album is hard to find. In addition to this viral attention, they have played tons during the year including together with related artists such as TOY, The Drums, Tame Impala and DIIV. Plus a UK tour and several festivals.
Now, 2 years later, they’re back with a new single, the first taste of the upcoming second album due this fall. Titled ‘When You’re Around’, the single has already received great reviews filled with anticipation for their coming releases.
“Swirling and romantic, the track resounds with a blissed out yearning that proves impossibly infectious. “Even when I’m down, God, I love when you’re around,” the vocals echo, chiming guitars and upbeat rhythms crafting a spell it’s hard not to fall under. With it’s euphoric melody and enchanting lyrics, this is sun-drenched pop at it’s most endearing – an ode to the addictive feeling of devotion.”
“This time round, YAST bring added earnestness to their routine. Whereas before the message was simply about escape – pure and unhinged – now they’re bringing romance into the equation. Suddenly this Malmö group are making their route-one message more inclusive.”
“YAST’s “When You’re Around” carries many of Swedish pop’s sonic benchmarks, from its dusky vocals to its characteristically warm production to the fact that the whole song produces mental imagery of rain collecting on a windowsill.”
My Dreams Did Finally Come True out 09/18 digitally in North America