|Yacht and the Straight Gaze|
Yacht during the Flat Tail Music Festival 2010 in Corvallis, Oregon.
|Origin||Portland, Oregon, USA Marfa, Texas USA Los Angeles, California, USA The Western American Utopian Triangle|
|Genres||Electropop, alternative rock, dance punk, synthpop|
|Labels||DFA Records, Marriage Records, States Rights Records|
|Associated acts||The Blow, Bobby Birdman, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Key Losers, Lucky Dragons, Architecture in Helsinki, Devendra Banhart, The Badger King, White Rainbow|
Claire L. Evans
Rob "Bobby Birdman" Kieswetter
Yacht (stylized as YACHT, Y△CHT or Y▲CHT) is an American band from Portland, Oregon, Marfa, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. The core group consists of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans , but expands to include musicians Rob "Bobby Birdman" Kieswetter, and Jeffrey Brodsky as touring members.
Yacht has released albums on States Rights Records, Marriage Records, and DFA Records.
Jona Bechtolt chose the name Yacht in reference to Y.A.C.H.T., an alternative school in Portland, Oregon. Bechtolt told SPIN Magazine "It stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology. It refers to an education program that was held in Portland, Oregon. I was enrolled when I was 16, back in 1996." 
Yacht was the solo project of Jona Bechtolt from 2002–2008. During this period, he released three albums, Super Warren MMIV, Mega, and I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real, on record labels in the Pacific Northwest area.
In January 2006, Yacht was commissioned for two performances for the New York based art and technology platform Rhizome, as part of their "Crap-tops vs Laptops" show. In February 2006, Yacht performed at the Museum of Modern Art's P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and produced an hour-long internet radio program with Clear Cut Press; a Northwest-based publisher of new literary work. In April 2006, the Aurora Picture Show commissioned a Yacht performance as part of their Media Archeology Festival in Houston, Texas.
For the 2007 release of I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real on Marriage Records, Bechtolt performed a concert on an actual yacht on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. In October the same year Yacht played at one of China's earliest music festivals, Yue, organised by Split Works.
Live performances during this period included dancing along to music as well as elaborate PowerPoint presentations.
In 2008, Yacht expanded to a duo with the introduction of longtime collaborator Claire L. Evans as a full member, contributing vocals to many of the songs on the 2009 album See Mystery Lights, Yacht's first full-length release on DFA Records. From this point forward, Yacht re-identified itself as a two-piece.
The album cover for See Mystery Lights was designed by Texas-based artist Boyd Elder, who previously designed album art for The Eagles. Pitchfork rated See Mystery Lights an 8.5, calling it "a triumph," and Rolling Stone wrote that Yacht "split the different between Talking Heads and electro pop, and make a breakthrough album of digital ear candy.” It was chosen as a "Critic's Choice" by New York Times critic Nate Chinen.
During this period, Yacht began publicly discussing their personal philosophy, and published a book called The Secret Teachings of the Mystery Lights: A Handbook on Overcoming Humanity and Becoming Your Own God which explained their beliefs. They also maintain a list of their beliefs on their website.
In January 2010, Yacht added a live band, "The Straight Gaze," consisting of musicians Rob "Bobby Birdman" Kieswetter, and Jeffrey Brodsky to their live show. This incarnation is known as Yacht and the Straight Gaze.
In June 2011, Yacht released Shangri-La, their second album on DFA Records. They made a double video for its first two singles, "Utopia" and '"Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)," directed by experimental filmmaker and documentarian Rene Daalder. In 2012 they recorded "Le Goudron", a cover of the Brigitte Fontaine song (1969). In early 2013, retailer Kohls used Yacht typeface imagery and lyrics from "Shangri-La" on a series of tshirts momentarily available online, until the band notified the company about possible legal liabilities.
In an August 2012 interview with New York Music News, Claire Evans explained the Yacht band, business and belief system: "Yacht is the name we give to all the projects we do together. Usually that’s recording and performing music, but as we emphasize in our axiom of "band, business, and belief system," there are both materialistic and metaphysical dimensions to our work. It's full-spectrum."
When performing live, Yacht is accompanied by the following band members:
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