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L'Aurore
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LP

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SCR 105LP SCR 105LP
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RELEASE DATE
3/18/2016

Clear LP version. Parisian psych duo Yeti Lane present their third album, L'Aurore. It's the follow-up to 2012's The Echo Show, and perfectly balances the duo's love of analog electronics with huge waves of guitar. This time they discarded their suitcase of gear and improvised, building their sound up from scratch, and the result is an album that is rougher, dirtier, and darker than its predecessor. It also finds them singing in their native French for the first time. Yeti Lane formed from the ashes of psych-folk-prog outfit Cyann & Ben in 2009; their self-titled debut album followed the next year to great acclaim. Their second -- The Echo Show -- combined Kraftwerk with LCD Soundsystem and My Bloody Valentine to incredible effect, resulting in more glowing reviews, BBC 6 Music sessions, and memorable live shows. One of the main inspirations for L'Aurore was the band's legendary show at The Shacklewell Arms in June 2012, where they improvised as Damo Suzuki's backing band. "We've always considered each album in response to the previous one, we try to never repeat the same things, the same gimmicks," explains Charlie Boyer (drums and electronics). "We needed to forget our habits, to clean our minds in order to find new directions. We had a lot of fun improvising, which opened us to new playgrounds." "We wanted to keep the excitement of the moment, with no routine," says Cédric Benyoucef (vocals and guitar). "Everything was recorded as we were playing, just the two of us in the same room. We chose takes in which we felt something was happening, rather than the ones in which we were playing perfectly; we kept the mistakes." The duo's core influences remain the same -- The 13th Floor Elevators, Neil Young, The Flaming Lips, Spacemen 3 -- but it was their rediscovery of the French scene of the late '60s and early '70s that inspired Benyoucef to try writing the lyrics in French. (He cites a number of artists from the Saravah label, such as Brigitte Fontaine, Jacques Higelin, and Areski, as well as Obsolete (1974), Dashiell Hedayat's largely improvised record made with Gong.) Cover art by Heretic Studio.