yOya: “Nothing” But A Great Album + 7″ single Giveaway

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on Aug 25, 10 • by • with 15 Comments

Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying the sounds of yOya on my last mixtape with their track, “Fireworks”. I first heard the duo last September via their solid EP, the yOya EP. Their early tracks showed promise amid acoustic and indie rock stylings. Now Alex Pfender (lead vocals/guitar) and Noah Dietterich (vocals/keys) return with the full length album, Nothing To Die.

Nothing To Die picks up where the EP left off, but shows growth in sound by melding folk with electronic elements and an MPC beat machine (popular drum machine in the land of hip-hop). Some might worry that these new additions could take away from the rawness of the material, but it actually enhances the music. A track from the EP, “Blood River” even gets a polished update on the full length. “Crybaby Bridge” is a stripped down affair with earnest songwriting full of imagery and history. The heartfelt track is based on an eerie urban legend that is especially fitting. “New Years Morning” has more solid storytelling, but has a toe-tapping pace. More uptempo tracks like “Fireworks” and synth-filled “Lovers On” highlight yOya’s admitted influence from The Dodos and are required multiple listenings. Overall, a well-rounded initial offering in what looks like a promising feature for the duo.

yOya – Lovers On (free mp3)
Buy yOya – Nothing to Die on iTunes or CD Baby

GIVEWAY
Want to bolster your budding vinyl collection?? yOya is partnering with yours truly to giveaway the vinyl 7″ single of “Fireworks” to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment and include your e-mail on the form. To be fair, yOya will be picking the winner at random and you’ll get an option to join their e-newsletter. Contest ends September 9th.
If you don’t win, yOya will also be having an in-store release at Origami in Los Angeles. Meet them there on Friday, September 17th with Ana Carvelle.

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  • Love yOya 🙂

  • Emilie

    Heeeeeeey. I want free vinyl woooot! I <3 Yoya. omg.

  • Z

    These guys are my legitimate songwriting heroes! I went to high school with them and have known them for years…they are awesome folk and I am happy that they are doing what they love! I proud to say they are my friends.

  • I feel like both Alex and Noah are along on every road-trip I take–banging on instruments, howling and yowling from the back seat, doing all things yOya-esque. Fireworks and Lovers on will ALWAYS be my two anthems for Summer ’10.

    I dig you two and your beats alike. AND I WANT VINYL! YEAH!

  • I feel like both Alex and Noah are along on every road-trip I take–banging on instruments, howling and yowling from the back seat, doing all things yOya-esque. Fireworks and Lovers on will ALWAYS be my two anthems for Summer ’10.

    I dig you two and your beats alike. AND I WANT VINYL! YEAH!

  • LJ

    Any music Jayelaudio is recommending – I’m in!

  • JC

    Downloaded the record from iTunes after hearing Fireworks on the mixtape…highly recommended. Dope record from start to finish…the beats and vox kill. I can’t imagine how good it sounds on a 45…

  • blaine o’bannan

    i love yoya so much…i know alex and noah…they lived in oregon and they were friends with my sister…YEAH!

  • If you really bought the yOya album after hearing it on my mixtape, I’m very impressed. It really is a great album.

  • thedude21

    yOya seriously gives us an awesome debut record as mentioned above both Fireworks and Lovers On will always be associated with good memories in 2010. Love the rest of the album as well and am really looking forward to what these guys can create in the future. Support great music!

  • ltd vinyl is always a good thing

  • This would be so seriously cool. I bought an old 60’s portable turntable this summer… it just doesn’t seem complete without some yOya vinyl!

  • Kyle L

    I’ve known these guys for years and they’ve always impressed with their music!
    They are going places, it’s just a matter of when!

  • Gimme1000

    yOya rules. Vinyl rules. Can’t wait for the release party on the 17th. I’ll be the guy in the front screaming in amazement.

  • Alex Robles

    You guys are awesome, love to see you guys live again…so far ive only seen you guys the times jordan brought you guys over to oxy but hopefully that will change soon

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