There’s a lot to admire of an artist who, along with having a bandcamp, seems to only have an online t-shirt shop as their online presence. If Le Yeti seem a little clueless about the execution of their bizarre marketing strategy, it’s easy to forgive the odd wrong footed move given the quality of the tracks on show. Christian AIDs have shown the world was a bit of imagery, a few black and white shots and some atmospheric electronica can do to get the pulses racing, and this follows in a similar vein, adding some shaky vocals and removing much of the production value attached to their charity-baiting contemporaries.
WAR is Le Yeti’s first album, released towards the back end of last year, altering between heartfelt, piano-led meanders through tender emotions and bleak, witch house style swooping synth and industrial percussion. There’s a human heart at the core of this though, unlike much of the bleak, sinister yet similar material it’s up against – and it’s difficult to tell whether that’s a positive or not. War is the sound of an artist stuck between two stools, wanting to embrace the slowed down, broad strokes than has becoming synonymous with drag, yet still holding on to the early millennium advances that made Xiu Xiu so influential, but even so, this deserves repeat listens.