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I had a chance to check out yOya on tour earlier this month at the Echoplex in Los Angeles and remembered how much I loved what they do with their music videos. It’s been some time since they’ve released any new visuals, so I was excited to find an impressive new clip from Alex Pfender and Noah Dietterich, the virtuoso’s that make up yOya.
With the help of a drum machine, yOya rocks out to poppy folk tunes that’ll force you to bob your head, sway, and sing along (and if you don’t know the lyrics, you will by the end of the song). Their latest is for I’ll Be the Fire, a swayful, upbeat ballad that serves as a perfect cross-section for what yOya does best: serve up catchy pop songs, while never afraid to rip a tasty solo.
The animation works so well in this video because the band uses the medium effectively to tell a story, as opposed to it being just a filter. The way each beat flows throughout the city and how their instruments are animated in singular hyperbolic lines lends nuance to the visuals and creates a better sense of space throughout the video.
The LA duo and longtime friends studied music together at USC and have a history of blending their playful falsetto harmonies with clever visuals and animation. A perfect example of this is in my other favorite yOya video Come Alive, which is a spot on example of an effective lyric video and additionally boasts impressive visuals.
Arshan Sadri is the Channel Manager at Brooklyn based, INDMUSIC, YouTube’s largest music Network. He got his start booking comedy and music at the University of Maryland. On weekends he refuses to travel above 14th street, likes to run, and plays in two bands that are just ok.
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