MP3(s) of the Day #349: Yacht

By on Monday, 6th June 2011 at 10:00 am

Here’s something a little different from our usual mp3 downloads on TGTF. Claire Evans of Yacht decided to make a mixtape that she has described as “Science Fiction you can dance to; an hour-long mixtape of esoteric SF-themed disco/dance music”. Hmmm, sounds interesting! Here’s more from Claire:

When I’m not writing esoteric science fiction reviews, I’m a singer, writer, performer, and concept-maker for a band called YACHT. Occasionally, these wildly separate spheres of reality do have axes of intersection; now is one of those times.

I’ve made a continuous mix of music that journeys deep into the musical underbelly of science fiction. Yes, finally! Science fiction you can dance to! Download ‘Fly On, UFO’ to travel to disco dystopias and far-flung cosmic boogies. Visit the hellish world Cerrone’s ‘Supernature’, where scientists would do anything to feed the starving masses, including poison the world with chemicals that would create mutants down below. Sidle up next to miss Dee D. Jackson, who, looking at the erotic robot in her bed, polished chrome gleaming under white satin sheets, raises her perfectly glossed lip in a snarl, and utters: “Your body’s cold.” Raise your fist to the night sky with Chromium, who, seeing a UFO in the sky, beaming with promise, lights in primary colors like an ’80s movie, are yelling “Come back later!”

And end your adventure with the impossibly weird folk burner, ‘In The Year 2525’, the musical equivalent of Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men, a future history that tells the tale of the next two billion years of time, touching on eighteen distinct versions of the human race, from regular flesh-and-blood people to birdlike creatures living on Neptune (Zager & Evans only go about ten thousand years into the future, but they hit some classic sci-fi themes on the way, like genetic engineering, mechanical automation, and test-tube babies).

Listen to it below. If you like what you hear, head on over to this page where you can download the whole shebang. And find that alien you love and take him/her/it out on the dance floor.

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