Brisbane’s Yoste has just dropped his third EP, Never The Same, a six strong collection that showcases the very best of the alt-pop artist. It’s a gorgeous release, packed with earnest song-writing and irresistible hooks.
Of the EP, Yoste – otherwise known as Kurt Sines – says:
“This record is focused on growing up, but not in an entirely optimistic or carefree sense. It’s really about self-reflection and doubt as well as confidence and exuberance. I feel like the title – Never The Same – captures that feeling of change and perhaps loss, but also hints at something beyond.”
It’s all fronted by lead single “Violet”, a track that explores pop culture’s fraught relationship with depression and anxiety, and how that affects people’s perceptions of the issues.
“It’s not to say those things [depression, anxiety] aren’t huge problems, of course they are and I write about them often, but it’s more about the temptation within all of us to wear those things as a badge of honour rather than something we can and must try to deal with. Give young people in particular their teeth back!”
To celebrate the release of the EP, Yoste has put together a playlist that perfectly accompanies “Violet” – hit play below and then read on for a track-by-track breakdown!
Beabadoobie – “Talk”
Similar to the ethos of Violet – Beabadoobie’s ‘talk’ captures a feeling of cynicism and energy that can be so appealing.
Milk. – “2”
A slightly experimental, bubbly piece of electronic music that complements Violet’s plucky guitars.
Yoe Mase – “I’m only 27 but I feel like”
Self-aware, catchy, cynical, earnest.
Ethan Gruska, Bon Iver – “So Unimportant”
You probably haven’t heard it but you’ll be glad when you do.
Jeremy Zucker – “Not ur friend”
Cleanly produced, angsty pop perfection.
Labrinth – “Forever”
Taking things down a notch with a slow-burning, emotional refrain for the modern age.
No Rome, Bearface – “1:45am”
UK Garage beats with heavy pop and electronic influences. A similar eclectic mix of influences that lead me to make Violet.
Big Red Machine – “8:22am”
Back to back time-titled songs taking us from post-midnight to morning. Completely accidental but I’m impressed at myself nonetheless. Listen to this for complete calm.
The Japanese House – “Something has to change”
Eclectic instrumentation, lush, harmony-rich vocals.
The 1975 – “Petrichor”
Tucked secretly at the end of another song called “How To Draw”, many have not heard this track. It is the perfect end to this playlist.
Building a strong presence in the US, despite being based half a world away in Brisbane, Never The Same is Yoste’s first EP since signing with Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo‘s label Palm Tree Records. And with over 150 millions streams across his first two EPs, and a swathe of headline shows, and support slots for the likes of Running Touch, Slow Magic, Elder Island, and Shallou, he’s definitely one to watch!
Yoste’s Never The Same is out now. Stream it through your preferred music service HERE.
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