Yoste releases debut EP 'try to be okay'



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"Yoste, aka Kurt Sines, knows a thing or two about ambient pop." Notion
"Yoste blends lush electronic textures to create wide-eyed, dreamy ambient pop." Line of Best Fit
"An impeccable addition to the world of emotive electronic music." Ones To Watch
"An unrelenting, wandering reverie of soft lulls and ambient chords." - Earmilk
"Employs reverb-heavy, dream-like vocals coupled with string-laden, gliding production." HillyDilly
"Fluid melodies." - FLAUNT


Brisbane-bred bedroom singer / songwriter / producer Yoste (pronounced like 'lost') shares his debut EP, try to be okay, via Akira Records (Henry Jamison, Henry Green, Rosie Carney), along with his new EP single 'Howl.'


'Howl' is an ethereal slow burner where Yoste's yearning vocals take the spotlight. Introspective lyrics are interspersed with pastel guitar melodies and gentle howling "oohs." Yoste describes 'Howl' as "a song about looking inwards, finding comfort in simplicity, realising those things can come at the cost of certain relationships, and moving on."

'Howl' follows 'Empty,' which flows through a multitude of echoing melodic layers over a relaxed mid-tempo beat, 'Chihiro,' a most-blogged track on Hype Machine that counts over 24 million streams across platforms, and the 'Chihiro' remix by multi-instrumentalist and Bonobo touring mate Catching Flies. 'Chihiro' is a wandering reverie with an ambient breeze that's drenched in lush reverb. In his own rendition of the track, Catching Flies adds a weighty broodiness, dense with bass and percussive elements.

Other singles on try to be okay include 'Blue', a dreamy electro-pop tune, and 'Arc,' which explores existentialism and disconnection through compelling minimalism with hushed intensity.  The music video for 'Blue' features a contemporary pas de deux set in front of James Turrell's captivating light exhibition at the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art to create silhouetted vignettes of the dancers as they embody a story of love and loss. Their sweeping fluidic movement mirrors the song's gentle groove and delicate melodies for a truly interdisciplinary work of art. 

Speaking on the EP as a whole, Yoste says,
"This is my first EP, and I view it very much as a definitive example of the project's beginning... my beginning as a musician, really. The songs are built on and drawn from my concerns and experiences over the past couple of years, not only as a new artist but as a person on the cusp of adulthood. Thinking about it now, I suppose that's why most of the instrumentation is so ethereal, very much trying to capture a sense of nostalgia and childlike wonder. At the same time most of the lyrical content is quite adult. I was grappling with an overwhelming fear of mortality, questions of identity, alienation, inadequacy - all the fun stuff. What is lovely to reflect on, however, is that some of the songs make sense of some of those feelings, and even arrive at something resembling a solution. Where those moments exist, I'll leave to listeners to interpret."

Yoste - try to be okay // EP Tracklist
1. Arc
2. Chihiro
3. Empty
4. Blue
5. Howl
6. Moon


Tour Dates:
^ = w/Elder Island
* = w/Slow Magic and Shallou

# = w/Running Touch

3/16 - San Francisco @ Cafe Du Nord ^
3/17 - Los Angeles @ The Moroccan Lounge ^
3/19 - Nashville, TN @ Basement East *
3/21 - Orlando, FL @ The Social *
3/22 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
3/23 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
3/26 - Charlotte, NC @ Visulite *
3/27 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre *
3/29 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs *
3/30 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
4/2 - Syracuse, NY @ Westcott *
4/3 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's *
4/5 - Madison, WI @ Majestic *
4/6 - Detroit, MI @ El Club *
4/23 - Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse *
4/25 - Chico, CA @ El Rey *
4/26 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst *
4/27 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont *
5/1 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
5/2 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
5/3 - San Francisco, CA @ Popscene #
5/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge #
5/9 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
5/10 - Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop #
5/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
5/16 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott #
5/17 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall #
5/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Zone One at Elsewhere #