“This album is about being black, being trans, and being African on foreign land. It's about the tension, splitting, mania, psychosis, and depression that work like a symphony of Bop It!s to keep me alive. It’s cyclical. It's meant to be played in bed, and then at the club, and then walking down the street, and then back in bed. It’s also about making jokes with yourself to hide what’s meant to be kept for just you. Maya Angelou says to keep a room in your heart just for god. My room is full of rage, questions, confusion, and pain - I’m trying to get it clean and pristine, baby!”
YATTA is an interdisciplinary artist, digipoet, and musician. They use incantations born of loop pedal drones, channeled screams, and improvised poetry to explore connections between psychosis, prayer, and presence.
'WAHALA' is the 2nd album by YATTA.
1. A Lie
6. Sullivan Place
9. I Will Definitely Feel Good
11. Underwater, Now
released August 2, 2019
Written/Arranged/Produced: YATTA || Vocals on “Blues”: Ize || Vocals on “Rollin”: Eartheater, Ize || Arrangement/Production on “I Will Definitely Feel Good”: Felicita || Guitar on “Cowboys”: Dion Mackinzie, Eva Lawitts || Guitar on “Francis”: Watergh0st || Harp on “Sullivan Place”: YATTA || Wisdom on “Galaxies”: Kaafoe Zoker
Engineers: Ize Gonzalez, Guy Mann, Eva Lawitts || Mixed: Rachika Samarth and Izzy Barreiro || Mastered: Joni Juden
Recorded at Clocktower Radio, Wonderpark Studios, and in Bed.
Photography: Richard R Ross || Artwork & Cassette Design: YATTA & Geng
It all starts here: this is something essential. It flows and moves cohesively while retaining individuality of moods and symphonic rhythm. PAN delivers, but what is delivered is less clear. A threshold, maybe, to a wider awareness of our epoch and humanity's current stage. Or maybe a testament to inscribe the remnants of human spirit, like brief chunks of messy information. Stéfan Németh