By Caleb Oldham
I've already written about Yuko Yuko in an interview I did with him earlier this month, but yesterday the young Dutch 80's aficionado came out with a track called "Seventeen And Melting" that only reaffirms my hunch that 2015 will be Yuko Yuko's year. This guy has got so much explosive creative genius he can't keep it contained to one project, saving the music that in his words "makes you smash your bedroom" for his band The Homesick, and keeping the solo stuff danceable, spacey and full of emotion.
"Seventeen And Melting" is about being alone and misunderstood, having a lot of feelings, and the inescapable sensation that your dreams and ambitions are trapping you in a self-constructed prison that's slowly killing you. It's a desperate squeak from a burned out internet kid in an age of oversaturation where every decision is a like a little death. All this pent up frustration makes you lash out - "kill yr sister's birthday presents", because what else tells the world that you're confused and losing your sense of self than ruining your sister's birthday party.
Not only is the protagonist in this song melting but the music melts with him - every note sounds bent, every chord warped and washed in reverb. Yuko Yuko knows what 2015 sounds like and he's letting us all in on it.