Yo No Say may have come in just under the wire in order to claim the title for Best Summer Album, releasing their first full length on what is (in my eyes) the very last day of summer. Get Lost features everything that was great about this summer’s musical output, from its hazy/lazy opener “Half-Built Temple” to the calypso-hued rhythms of “Light Up The Way” to the proggy cascades and crescendo’s of the album’s centerpiece, the one two punch of “Better Off Alone” and “Tattered and Torn”. If that seemed like a long sentence, it was. There is simply no other way to put it.
Get Lost keeps its playful nature while stomping through killer tunes like “Run For Your Life” and “Pixels”, which belie the hard truths that singer Dan Feldman spits out behind insanely catchy synth lines and runaway drumming that comes back to kick its way through the outro’s bass heavy refrain. Working with producer/engineer Sean Mercer, the goal was to turn a huge output of songs into a cohesive album and to provide intricate details and lush backdrops that the band had been searching for. Turns out that a couple of days sitting on the floor with an array of analog synthesizers were what was necessary to spark some new creative impulses. The album is soaked in the glow of Drew Delgado’s synths lurking at the corners, never dominating or overtaking the pitch-perfect songwriting that you get from a room full of dedicated students of music (over half of the band teaches professionally).
While Get Lost may have found new direction in the simple pleasure of synth pads and mono lines, the album is awash in serious guitar work. Eric Brightfield takes smooth to another place and then makes you rethink what can be done with two chords and three minutes of your mind’s time on the album closer, “Invincible”. The majority of Get Lost was tracked live (check out their awesome in-studio video to bear witness to this magic) with overdubs and vocals thrown in after the fact, but “Invincible” retains the unmistakable feel of a band let loose on a song for the first time with no redo’s or time to take another look. That devotion to playing the part right the first time makes this album perfect for repeat listens, leaving all of the energy in each take and life in each line. Bassist Owen McCusker and drummer Dan Toal lock everything down seamlessly, taking care of the reggae pocket on “The Wolf” while bouncing through the pop gold of “Cure for Nature”. There is no way to do this album justice without listening to it over and over. There are more than enough sonic nuggets and lyrical wit and wisdom to keep you listening long after you’ve danced yourself into a chair. Keep listening and you just might Get Lost.
Mixed and engineered by Sean Mercer
Mastered by Carl Saff