"'Spirit Said Yes!' hovers with a strange anxiety that seduces ... "Ain't Misbehavin" seems like a rereading of a piece taken from the songbook of Erykah Badu, and the same feeling is had in "Desert Song", "Cyborg" is instead almost the opposite ... think of a sort of Björk in soul mode that sings lost in the swamps of Louisiana ... 'Spirit Said Yes!' is a little gem of electro-fi-soul-rock..."
- The New Noise: Take Note, August 10, 2017. Web.
"An intimate album of hermetic spaces, Spirit Says Yes! is unafraid to show its seams. Its songs are assured and assuring, inviting the listener to take up residence inside their playful structures as they crystallize for the briefest of instants before returning to flux; always shifting, always searching. ... These songs are balms for roving spirits. Gurgling and warping, they position themselves at the interstices of nation, place, and culture. They soothe and roar, folding jazz vocals and pastoral ambience into their fragile, steely structures. Stretching out their palms, they present themselves to the listener with faith and humor. There’s a strength to be gained in finding yourself, in finding home."
- Tiny Mix Tapes: Review, April 18, 2017. Web.
"Yatta Zoker is based in New York, but grew up in Houston, Texas, and is of Sierra Leonean descent. This debut gathers a clutch of her "digipoems" - free-associative songforms that address themselves to topics both modern and perennial: belonging and exile, independence and digital connection. Zoker's almost ballad-like vocal delivery set against unpredictable arrangements, which bulge excitably with sudden instrumental incident - bursts of percussion, shards of guitar, flashes of violin - and shoot off in unexpected directions. Characterful interludes punctuate proceedings - a giddy robot fantasia ("Cyborg"), a respectful rendering of "Ain't Misbehavin'", and "We Never Went To Church", which finds space for noisy industrial blasts and choral vocals. Also included is a recording of a February live performance, which finds Zoker appropriating pop lyrics and extemporising adventurously to the accompaniment of vocal and rhythmic loops."
- The Wire #400, June 2017, Print.
“(Their) soundscapes do the unusual of calling to mind both extremely terrestrial feelings of rootedness and belonging, and the manic embodiment of wireless networks and sugary snacks. Being in touch with oneself, one’s body, generational trauma and healing is not antithetical to being a cyborg; perhaps that’s exactly what unleashes the cyborg. When the world is looking increasingly bleak and monotonous, fantastic imagery recalling distant places or unearthly interiors might feel like an escape. But YATTA has managed to pull from all of the ghostly influences that build (them) up and makes them real. It feels like the gentle nudge to get off the computer and make stuff with your friends.”
- Mask Magazine. Web.
Reissue of YATTA's original Spirit Said Yes! EP - remastered, including 2 bonus tracks, and pressed to pro-duplicated, purple transparent cassette housed in hand-assembled 100# French cover stock packaging with letterpress print and OBI strip. Limited edition of 100.
YATTA is a Sierra Leonean-American multidisciplinary artist based in New York and runs operations at art space and
collective, The Silent Barn. Digipoet and healer. An explorer of cultural, emotional, and identity history through incantations born out of loop pedal drones and folk acoustics.
"When I began writing these songs, I was back in the South for my namesake's funeral. Many of the samples within the EP come from recordings of burial hymnals and conversations that I had during my trip. The making of this album served as heart balm. Itwas my way of mourning and trying to construct meaning from family. It helped me ground myself in who I am, what I have to offer, what the matriarchs in my family have offered, and who they are guiding me to be after their passing."
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An extremely ambitious mix of: spoken poetry, synth, miscellaneous sampling; touches of salsa, jazz, afro, punk, Adventure Time; and I have no idea what else. As far as I know, no one else is doing anything remotely like this. bcesards