DEM YUUT

The legendary director Mike Nichols believed any worthwhile scene could be boiled down to one of three things: a negotiation, a seduction, or a fight. On the full-length debut, Liberator, from Minneapolis quartet DEM YUUT, that trinity plays out in a uniquely disarming fashion.

The album’s nine songs play directly to those fundamental human pursuits, rinsing the sweaty impulse of modern R&B in astute waves of synth and indie atmosphere. Even when frontman Danny O’Brien is in a reflective and delicate mode, there’s an earnest sense of swagger to cut through the lovelorn haze. Lead-off track “Dawn/Sea” toys with Top 40 tropes without shorting their impact, while “Muck” puts a coolly calculated spin on the troubled relationship jam.

Rounded out by bandmates Don House, Jeremy Hanson and Jef Sundquist, DEM YUUT pushes beyond the common confines of laptop R&B with a gorgeous array of sounds and textures — some improvised live in the studio, others meticulously crafted. But while the aesthetics run deep, the songs are as well-suited to the jeep as any Drake or Kanye cut. Even the heady cinematic tension in tracks like “Bloody Knuckles” and “Worse Off” is offset by an ear for hypnotic boom-bap. In total, the album is an expertly stitched soundtrack to a few universal pastimes of summer: the fevered crush, the drunk confession, the slow drive, the blissful giving in to what simply feels right at the time.

Past Shows


Dec
31
st
2018
7th St Entry
Oct
23
rd
2018
7th St Entry
Oct
23
rd
2018
7th St Entry

Mikaela Davis

with DEM YUUT
Jul
6
th
2017
7th St Entry
Jul
6
th
2017
7th St Entry

NOW, NOW

with DEM YUUT
Apr
29
th
2017
7th St Entry
Apr
29
th
2017
7th St Entry

Lydia Ainsworth

with DEM YUUT and Eric Mayson
Jun
21
st
2016
7th St Entry
Jun
21
st
2016
7th St Entry

Pure Bathing Culture

with Sombear and DEM YUUT
Nov
28
th
2015
Turf Club
Nov
28
th
2015
Turf Club

Aero Flynn

with DEM YUUT

More Shows

Oct
31
st
7th St Entry

MADONICA ( Monica LaPlante special Madonna covers set ), General B and the Wiz, and Floodwater Angel

Mar
16
th
Turf Club

Tove Styrke

Dec
3
rd
Fine Line

Whitney

with Squirrel Flower
Oct
29
th
Turf Club

Skalloween ft. Space Monkey Mafia, The Prizefighters, Runaway Ricochet, Courtesy of Tim, and Goodbye Mordecai