Yello is above all the story of a hit: Oh Yeah. Released in 1985, Oh Yeah did extremely well thanks to its feature in a series of teen movies, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to American Pie, and, of course, thanks to the Simpsons character, Duffman. The has always kept Dieter Meier and Boris Blank fresh in public memory and the Swiss duo shows no sign of fading as they release their sixteenth album dedicated to the sounds of the late 80s, but with a slightly modern twist.
This is more or less the sole concept for this album which, as explained by the group, goes in multiple directions: “It’s part spy film, part Dali-painting, part strobe lit dance floor, part 4D car chase and part deep space torch song.”
The twelve tracks sound very much like machines from the 1980s, from Way Down, a nod towards Funkadelic, to the flashy, pithy house explosion of Arthur Spark.
Forty years later, Yello seem to still be with it.