May 14th, 2010 5:33 pm | by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER Music | Posted In: Columns, News

Pay What You Want For the New Incredible Yacht Control Record

Incredible Yacht ControlBret Vogel makes no point of hiding his distaste for self-promotion. Last September, the local singer-songwriter—and frontman for one of Portland's perpetual Next Big Things, Crosstide—released a wonderful record of lo-fi power pop under the name Incredible Yacht Control to little fanfare. Though the songs were conceived as nothing more than demos for a new Crosstide album, they were the best things Vogel ever wrote: short, unpolished, incredibly catchy gems that recalled everyone from Big Star to classic mid-'90s Guided By Voices. Less than a year later, Incredible Yacht Control is back with 10 new songs. Need another hook? You can pay whatever you want for 'em.

"Released" this week to the Internet, Golden Helicopter is available to download right now using the "name your own price" model (thanks, Radiohead!). You can cop the record for free, or for $5 if you want (for the record, I paid $3 and it's more than worth it) or even $20. Golden Helicopter is noticeably slower than IYC's self-titled debut, and Vogel notes that these songs were scrapped while trying to write the forthcoming Resident Sea record. It's still full of beautiful, dreamy pop songs like "Stellar Nursery" (Vogel's take: "Matt and I doing our best imitation of new wave band covering a sixties band inside a giant garbage can") and poppier material like the chiming "Cut You in Half."

[audio:Stellar Nursery.mp3]

[audio:Cut You.mp3]

Incredible Yacht Control doesn't have any live dates scheduled at the moment, but the band—Vogel with his Crosstide buddies Matt Henderson and Rian Lewis—is now whole again with the stateside return of Ruban and Kody Nielson of the Mint Chicks. Let's hope for some IYC + Mint Chicks shows this summer!

Incredible Yacht ControlSpace

Image by Bret Vogel

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