Outside of the occasional offerings from James Blake, the world of downtempo electronic music has been sorely lacking in novel additions. Australian-artist Yoste is seeking to change that. With only a handful of singles to his name, he has already left an impression with his distinctive brand of atmospheric electronica. Today sees the Australian artist adding another much-welcomed imprint on the world of emotionally and electronic-tinged music.
“Blue” is spellbinding in nature. Built around a series of reverberant instrumentation, listening to “Blue” is to allow yourself to be transported to another world entirely. It’s the sort of music that would score that picture-perfect moment where you’re gazing at a starlit night and just so happen to witness a falling star. Yet, Yoste’s innate talent for crafting works of undeniable beauty does not diminish his skill for injecting those fine works with a sense of profound emotional weight. Within Yoste’s ethereal vocals, one will find a heart-rending tinge of the melancholic.
Yoste’s meditations on love and regret fill his hypnotic soundscape for a song that resonates with a serene sense of strength. It can be heard in the quieter moments of “Blue,” where the Australian artist gently croons, “It doesn’t matter what we said / Leave the flowers in the dust / I can’t remember what it meant / Only that I wrote it for both of us.” The heart-aching nature of the lyrics transforms “Blue” from a lovely soundscape rife for exploration to an expansive sonic work of art that one can connect to on a deeply personal level. This is the work of an artist whose true talent lies not in his knack for crafting breathtaking soundscapes but in how he imbues them with such a range of emotional depth.
Listen to “Blue” below and keep an eye out for Yoste’s debut EP, try to be okay, due out February 19: