Monday, September 9, 2013

San Francisco-based dream-pop combo Yassou Benedict destroys a perfectly fine picnic in latest music video.

Shot by the band in Golden Gate Park, clip for latest single from debut EP premieres exclusively via Earmilk


Yassou Benedict (L-R): James Jackson, Lilie Bytheway-Hoy, Patric Aguirre, A.J Krumholz. Photo credit: Nick Santoro



“Last Cicada” is the latest single and video from the “In Fits In Dreams” EP by Yassou Benedict



See the premiere of the “Last Cicada” video by Yassou Benedict via Earmilk

Hear the premiere of “Last Cicada” by Yassou Benedict via Baeblemusic

See the premiere of “The Cloisters” video by Yassou Benedict via Black Book Magazine


“…a moody, complex, emotionally fraught record.” – San Francisco Bay Guardian

San Francisco-based band Yassou Benedict recently released the second single from its debut “In Fits In Dreams” EP, and now the song has a video to go with it. Shot over the course of one morning in Golden Gate Park, the clip for “Last Cicada” was filmed, directed and edited by Theo Quimby and Yassou Benedict vocalist, Lilie Bytheway-Hoy.  See the video now as exclusively premiered by Earmilk.

 “‘Last Cicada’ is the first attempt at making a music video for ourselves,” band member James Jackson says. “It sticks pretty closely to the ethos of the song, focusing on running and destroying aspect.”  The initially quiet, but deliberate tune is a relatable take on the ever-present pressure of the weight of the world.  “It's about how we handle the times we live in.”

Formed when the band members were attending high school in upstate Hudson, New York, Yassou Benedict conveys a surreal longing in its music via unconventional structures and shifting time signatures that are bold, emotional, and immediate.  While back in Hudson to record the “In Fits In Dreams” EP, the band’s producer Steve Durand introduced Yassou Benedict’s music to his friend and collaborator, former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins member, Melissa Auf Der Mauer.

Melissa is also a resident of Hudson,” explains Jackson. “Steve played her some of our tracks, she really liked them, and offered to sing on them.”  Auf Der Mauer can be heard on two “In Fits In Dreams” songs, including the first single and video for “The Cloisters,” which recently premiered via Black Book Magazine.

With lyrics both personal and political, Yassou Benedict’s songs are inspired by coming of age in these turbulent times of progress and destruction, and they reflect the minds of a group of young individuals working to create music that is disconnected from any trends or revivals.  Each of the band members – the group also includes Patrick Aguirre, and A.J. Krumholz – brings wildly different tastes in music to the table.

“We dislike each other’s tastes for the most part,” jokes Jackson. “But, when we make music together, the differences lend themselves to this genre defying sound that we create.  All of these influences come through in our music at different times.”Yassou Benedict’s debut EP “In Fits In Dreams” is out now on the band’s own Be Easy Baby. Members of Yassou Benedict are available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Yassou Benedict
“In Fits In Dreams” EP
(Be Easy Baby – Out Now)

Track Listing:

01. Enter
02. The Cloisters (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)
03. Back Roads That Dead End
04. In Fits In Dreams
05. Last Cicada (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3 | VIDEO)


Yassou Benedict Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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