Updated: Jul 30, 2019
Disclaimer: I can be cool-adjacent and catch a lot of artists 1-3 years late - maybe even 10 years too late.
With that in mind, I’m really glad I caught this dude's EP a year after its release. I feel like I caught a hidden gem in Yuno’s Moodie.
I did not discover the album, itself. Not Going Back was my actual introduction to Yuno. I initially couldn’t figure out why the song sounded familiar - the sound definitely was taking me back to my first job next to the Emory University Starbucks in 2010 - something light, but dance-worthy for hipster white girls and something low-key enough for stoner/adderall hybrids to have as study music drowning out their term paper tears.
Grizzly Bear! That’s who he sounds like! A high-pitched version of Grizzly Bear mixed with… with.. oh well, let’s move on.
Why For is a safe attempt at grudge-pop, but once again, I felt like I once heard - and rejected - this sound before. The drums remind me of Imagine Dragons, but perhaps the lyrics and delivery are much more enjoyable?
So Slow is easily my favorite track. The video for this should just be 1990s vintage film of a drive down the pacific coast while the driver thinks about their rough upper middle-class upbringing. All you indie filmmakers out there, you might wanna grab this guy for your soundtrack. Seriously, is this Chaz Bundick's younger brother from another timeline? Is he an industry plant? I should be ashamed of being this hipster… but it’s addictive. I feel like in need to see this dude live for myself - just once.
Bottom line: If you’re on summer break, or need some transcendental meditation from a cubicle, mix the aesthetic of a Caribbean vacation, the songwriting of a Toro y Moi, the vocals of Empire of the Sun, the sounds of Beach Fossils and Delta Spirit, and the reverb of an 80s soft rock band into your coffee cup - secretly spiked with overtaxed tequila.
The Best: No Going Back, So Slow, Galapagos
The So-So: Amber, Why For
The Meh: Fall in Love
6.5/10 first release
8/10 deep listen
Llama Ruckus is an aspiring songwriter and producer from Atlanta, Georgia. His primarily genre is trip-hop; blends of elements from funk, surf rock, chillwave, blues, synthpop, and psychedelic rock/jazz.