Review: Math Rockers Yufi64's Self-Titled Debut


What was your favorite video game when you were a kid? Mine was Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, but only because that’s what my younger brother played. In all honesty, I didn’t start playing video games until recently. I’ve played Mario Party with my roommate like 20 times this week, and this newfound love has given me a better understanding of Seattle’s own, Yufi64.

Listen to the album here! <3

The self-titled EP starts with an enchanting mash-up of roaring guitar and the Mario 64 File Select Jingle. Genius, right? You know how artists will add audio clips of voicemails or other recordings to songs? Well, the Nintendo samples in this album are a beyond catchy take on an age-old trick. Not only are the jingles associated with happy memories for gamers, but the way they punctuate Yufi64’s songs is so upbeat and exciting that they turn any casual listener into a massive fan. The end track “Leaving” (my favorite, by the way) features coming of age lyrics and a chorus of sound that builds and finally erupts as the album closes.

Along with the quirky electro-references, Yufi64 is a Math Rock band that makes you forget you’re listening to math rock until they interrupt a smooth riff with a bubbling one. The tempo changes keep you on your toes like an unpredictable movie. Their melodic spontaneity paired with a knack for nostalgia is just one of the unique combinations that make this release feel so fresh and fun. Want to make your daily commute feel like you’re on Rainbow Road? Throw this baby on and get ready for the ride of your life!

Alright, now I know what you want to ask me. You’re wondering when you can see this FANTASTIC trio live! Well, I have just the thing for you! Yufi64 will be kicking off their tour with friends Chanel Beads (hazy dream pop unlike anything you’ve ever heard), Michete (Seattle’s certified queen of BOPS AND BANGERSSS), and Anime Creek (A two-piece of Twee-Pop sweeties!). This hot, hot gig will be at Black Lodge on Thursday, October 4!! The show starts at 8:30 so don’t be late and don’t be a jerk!

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