Yip-Yip
Two Kings of the Same Kingdom


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2008 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yip-Yip have not only created an entertaining and fun listen, but also an intricate and complex one.

Yip-Yip isn’t exactly the kind of band that demands to be taken seriously upon first taste. They look like either geeks with unfortunate haircuts or Ska superheroes (depending on whether you see them in street clothes or the costumes they wear live) and make music that revolves around twee, 8-bit and circus sounding keyboards. The costumes in particular, which recall tour mates The Locust with a third wave Ska obsession, could easily be the subject of ridicule. But, also like The Locust, hidden beneath the costumes and initial tonal turn-offs, there is a highly enjoyable, yet ridiculously complex band.

Unlike The Locust however, Yip-Yip’s music, which is made by two multi-instrumentalists, Brian Esser and Jason Temple, is relatively accessible. It is almost entirely electronic, relying heavily on a wide-assortment of synthesizers, drum machines and effects pedals (no computers), all of which are listed in the album’s liner notes. But still, the music on Two Kings of the Same Kingdom , Yip-Yip’s latest, is rooted in Math, Noise and Grind, making it vastly different from the common man’s “Techno”. For one, the songs on Two Kings are all intricate and complex. They switch between time signatures like yesteryear’s Rock bands switch between chords, all the while creating and layering interesting and fun synth lines. Right as you get used to one time signature (i.e. you start trying to dance and/or try to figure it out), it changes, or is built upon. In this regard, Yip-Yip have much more in common with a band like Hella or Tera Melos than it does with Daft Punk.

One possible complaint about Two Kings is that the tracks are a little similar sounding. But, even though the tracks blend together a little, and there are no vocals or anything non-instrumental to break this up, the album is a far cry from boring. Sure, tracks blend together, but everything is constantly changing, like a lava lamp or something, leaving no time for monotony. And the general uniqueness of Yip-Yip is reason enough for Two Kings to never get dull. Anarchist Clog , and Sprinkle Council rely on peppy beats and distorted keyboard lines to create an opening one-two punch that definitely draws the listener in. Tracks like Audacity Beach and Jazz Rats bring in warmer and more mellow tones, including real saxophone (Temple is really proficient in this department) on the latter, but are still fun and exciting. Track-wise, there really isn’t a misstep on the album. It’s solid throughout, with a few tracks that stick out and leave their melodies stuck behind in the listener’s head.

In the end, Two Kings of the Same Kingdom is an entertaining listen, but also an intricate and complex one. By blending happy-go-lucky keyboards with wtf-inducing time signature changes and a whole lot more, Yip-Yip create a more intelligent form of intelligent dance music. Just because Temple and Esser wear costumes and coat their brand of Math Rock in catchy keyboards, borderline corny melodies and driving drums shouldn’t stop anyone from taking Yip-Yip seriously. And if it does, you’re missing out. This album rules.

-Dan



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FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 3rd 2008


2806 Comments


Good review, though I'm not particularly interested in hearing it.

botb
August 3rd 2008


9678 Comments


So wait... what in the world kind of genre is this? it sounds kind of intriguing.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2008


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its hardcore electronica yo
Shit rules though. One of the best acts to come out of Florida tbh.

BallsToTheWall
August 3rd 2008


44397 Comments


O rly? I've been looking into some electronica so I myspaced this, Gender Changers is rad.

Digging: Carissa's Wierd - Songs About Leaving

brandtweathers
August 3rd 2008


2007 Comments


can you tack some tracks onto this review dan?

The Jungler
August 3rd 2008


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can you tack some tracks onto this review dan?

Added a song from this album (Gender Changers) and a song from In the Reptile House (Candy Dinner).
Also,
www.myspace.com/yipyip

Doppelganger
August 3rd 2008


3124 Comments


saw them with the locust, great show

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 4th 2008


3742 Comments


seems interesting

brandtweathers
August 5th 2008


2007 Comments


thx
curious track and prolly great live show

taylormemer
August 5th 2008


4917 Comments


Thanks for that mystifying myspace link. Now I can't even find my way to the bathroom to throwup.

samariah
August 6th 2008


109 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this gets boring quickly. its too repetitive throughout and doesn't really go anywhere.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 6th 2008


4927 Comments


these guys rule live (saw them with the locust also). I'd probably agree with samariah. Tracks 2,6,7,8 rule.

The Jungler
August 6th 2008


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

meh, i still like this album almost a year after getting it.

they are really great live. we saw/played with them the day before they started their tour with the Locust.This Message Edited On 08.06.08

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 6th 2008


4927 Comments


do you two sit at the computer together when you're on this site?

The Jungler
August 6th 2008


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no, joe was asleep when i posted that.

edit: and even when he is awake, we don't.This Message Edited On 08.06.08



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