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Malmö, Skåne, Sweden | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Malmö, Skåne, Sweden | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
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"YAST, "Strangelife" + Azure Blue Remix MP3s"

"Strangelife" is just the second single from Malmö's sweet-hearted rock group YAST, their song an ambitious swing at making moves for the better. I wanna give you more love/ I wanna have some fun with you/ I wanna make some changes/ I wanna make your heart laugh and so on. The song found its way to Stockholm's fellow romantic Azure Blue, who swapped the five-piece's jangly guitars for a driving synth sound, in his own words "beating the whole goddamn track up with a Joy Division stick." Download both versions below, then check out the just-as-endearing music video directed by YAST bassist Niklas Wennerstrand, featuring early-’80s footage of his aunt and her friends. The "Strangelife" single and its remixes, including another by DÖDEN, will be co-released later this month by Adrian Recordings. - The Fader

"13 Songs You Need In Your Life This Week"

9. YAST, "When You're Around"
YAST's "When You're Around" carries many of Swedish pop's sonic benchmarks, from its dusky vocals to its characteristically warm production to the fact that the whole song produces mental imagery of rain collecting on a windowsill. But here's the neat trick: YAST made a song that sounds as American as it does Swedish, like a sleepy, less noisy version of Dinosaur Jr. —an aesthetic that Londoners Yuck perfected over the last few years, too. Swedes sounding like Brits who were originally ripping off Americans: wrap your head around that one. — Larry Fitzmaurice - The Fader

"Listen: YAST - “When You’re Around”"

Swedish quintet YAST make their return with dreamy "When You're Around."

It's been almost two years since YAST released their self-titled LP, and at long last the band are back with something new.

Swirling and romantic, the track resounds with a blissed out yearning that proves impossibly infectious. "Even when I'm down, God, I love when you're around," the vocals echo, chiming guitars and upbeat rhythms crafting a spell it's hard not to fall under. With it's euphoric melody and enchanting lyrics, this is sun-drenched pop at it's most endearing - an ode to the addictive feeling of devotion. Stream "When You're Around" below, and it won't be long before you're devoted too.

"When You're Around" will be released via Adrian Recordings on 30 March. - The Line of Best Fit


Swedish daydreamers’ latest track arrives ahead of a second album.

By Jamie Milton on 23rd March 2015

Roadtripping, daydreaming Swedish five-piece YAST are back with ‘When You’re Around’, their first new material since a head-turning self-titled LP.

For the unfamiliar, YAST’s first work was as simple as it gets, sky-reaching guitar parts sharing company with dizzy atmospherics. Anyone with car keys and a map to the beach was likely to get swept along, and the formula hasn’t shifted with ‘When You’re Around’.

This time round, YAST bring added earnestness to their routine. Whereas before the message was simply about escape - pure and unhinged - now they’re bringing romance into the equation. Suddenly this Malmö group are making their route-one message more inclusive.

DIY is premiering ‘When You’re Around’, below. - DIY Magazine


Self titled debut album in 2013

A neckless of singles

Second album out in september 2015



When a band of five creative slackers get together with nothing more than their friendship, their instruments, a sackful of song ideas and a total devotion to music the end result is YASTs second album, “My Dreams Did Finally Come True”. It’s an album not only made up of near-perfect songs, but one that also boasts three lead singers, multiple songwriters and even a song in Swedish. Ladies and gentlemen allow us to present YASTs new album, “My Dreams Did Finally Come True”.

Hailing from the tiny Swedish town of Sandviken, Marcus Norberg, Tobias Widman and Carl Kolbaek-Jensen formed YAST in 2007. As nice as Sandviken is (and it really is), it’s not the sort of place where musicians thrive for too long. So fast forward to 2010 and our trio have gravitated south to the more music centric city of Malmö. Augmented by the rhythm section of post-rock band Aerial (and fellow Sandviken’s) Markus Johansson and Niklas Wennerstrand, the YAST line-up we know and love finally clicks into place. It took another two years of constant rehearsing and playing shows though before YAST refined the distorted dreamy psych-pop sound that we now so readily associate with them. 

Skip ahead to February 2012: YAST unleash their debut single, the aces “Believes”, to enormous acclaim. 

"Leaves us thinking "best pop song 2012?" Definitely up there with songs like Tame Impala's Apocalypse Dreams".

SNAP http://snapme.ca/story/2012/09/13/yast-believes

All falsetto vocals and beach guitars, it turned out to be the first great summer song of the year. After supporting The Drums on tour, YAST headed out on their own across Europe playing packed shows in England, Germany, Spain, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Austria and unsurprisingly, Sweden.

2013 saw the release of their eponymous debut LP (on gorgeous powder-blue vinyl no less). Balancing out the upbeat joyous rush of the three minute pop stylings of standout tracks like "I Wanna Be Young", ”Believes" and ”Stupid", were sublime mature cuts such as "The Person I Once Was". Yet again YASTs praises were sung from the rooftops by the press. 

“YAST have more potential than nearly any other band around.”

Listen Before You Buy http://www.listenbeforeyoubuy.net/listen/video-yast-strangelife/

YAST hit the road again, this time playing high-profile gigs with the likes of Tame Impala, DIIV, Vivian Girls and TOY as well as playing at both the Hultsfred and Way Out West festivals.

Which more or less brings us up to date. YAST have finally found the time between various side projects (Nightmen, Toi Let etc) to get themselves back into the studio to record a new 11 track LP. In typical YAST fashion almost every song on "My Dreams Did Finally Come True" sounds like it could be a single. The guitars are still loud, the vocals almost horizontal and the melodies still ultra infectious. The album was recorded by Emil Isaksson at Studio Möllan and produced and mixed by Joakim Lindberg (RA, Hey Elbow, MF/MB/, Terrible Feelings etc) at Double Sun Studio. 

"My Dreams Did Finally Come True" is unmistakably YAST, but it’s YAST turned up to 11, bigger guitars, more synths in fact more of everything. They’re still heading in the same direction it’s just that they’ve leaped forward a fair bit since the last time we heard from them.

The effortless breezy "When You're Around" was the first single lifted from the album, followed by the usual spate of gushing reviews. 

"YAST made a song that sounds as American as it does Swedish, like a sleepy, less noisy version of Dinosaur Jr.”

Larry Fitzmaurice – Fader http://www.thefader.com/2015/03/28/songs-you-for-sure-need-in-your-life-this-week

"Together Forever" will proceed the album’s release as the second single. It’s time to get excited all over again. YAST are back. 

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