Meet The YD
, French electronic duo. Yoshi
used to play keyboard for Stromae
, and Dacou
has a music project Tschegue
. Having worked together for about 10 years already, in 2018 they released their first EP called «Earth Beat»
, and a year after – another one, «Master Peace»
. Which definitely lives up to its name.
What The YD
do, lies between French indie pop, seasoned with an R&B-groove, and Metronomy-like
new wave. This is not just tender yet filigree sound what they have in common with the latter, but also the fact that they do write namely songs, not tracks. Despite all the diversity of the solutions, which are pure electronic, and being more or less made for dance, everything The YD
does is about songwriting and melody in the first place. "Hunter"
from the first EP, with its surprisingly delicate organ sound and blue synths, with a rich yet flawlessly balanced arrangement, with its incredible lyrics looks just like the perfect song should look like.
Witty, but deceiving in its lightness, «Hard Life»
; sensual «Heaven»
– almost ethnic, built on complex percussion – all of these are examples of how you can use all the sound tools not at the expense of the melody and the idea of the song, but rather, giving it additional meanings.
Relistening both EP-s while waiting for the full album to come out, The Swings
interviewed the duo.
translated by Nick Brandin
edited by Eleonora Kap