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With A Hammer

Yaeji

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Yaeji's fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of her debut full-length album since a pair of 2017 EPs, the second of which featured club essential "Raingurl." With a Hammer showcases the Korean American singer, producer, DJ, visual artist and writer's talents across thirteen tracks as she takes listeners on a journey into the depths of her mind, addressing both societal and self-imposed repression accumulated over her lifetime. Despite the upbeat and club-ready sound of the second track, "For Granted," it's essential to note that With a Hammer is a deeply introspective vessel for Yaeji's inner thoughts. In a letter to fans accompanying the announcement of the album, Yaeji explained that she began tackling her inner demons by writing a story of herself and a hammer, which she crafted from her own anger. This narrative would guide Yaeji in her studio recording sessions. While tracks like "Passed Me By," which could easily be interpreted by a rock band as a head-banging anthem, or "Ready or Not" and "Happy"—which have elements of R&B supported by surprising drum beats—show glimpse of other genres, there's always a sprinkle of Yaeji's fun, glitchy aesthetic, which ties everything together into a beautiful sound collage. "I want to begin this album with intent. I want to take all that I've suppressed and let it breathe and live through this process of creation. I want my music to be free," Yaeji has stated. With a Hammer is an instant Qobuzissime; there is a weightlessness and lost-in-time feeling as you experience the intimate and delightful insight into her eclectic world. It is safe to say that her goal has been achieved. © Jessica Porter-Langson/Qobuz

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1
Submerge FM
00:03:25

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, Lyricist - Chris Botta, Composer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Gabrielle Garo, Composer, StudioMusician - TAP Music, MusicPublisher - Gabrielle Victoria Garo (BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

2
For Granted
00:02:41

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, Engineer, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

3
Fever
00:04:08

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - OHHYUK, StudioMusician - Chris Botta, Engineer, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

4
Passed Me By
00:04:03

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

5
With A Hammer
00:03:45

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, Composer, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Jess Tsang, StudioMusician - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

6
I'll Remember For Me, I'll Remember For You
00:02:02

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Chris Williams, StudioMusician - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

7
Done (Let's Get It)
00:02:52

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

8
Ready or Not
00:04:31

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Songtrust, MusicPublisher - Chris Botta, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - K Wata, Producer, Arranger, Engineer, Programmer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - TAP Music, MusicPublisher - Kenzo Perron, Composer

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

9
Michin
00:03:33

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Enayet Kabir, Composer, Arranger, MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Enayet, Producer, Engineer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

10
Away x5
00:02:33

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, Engineer, MixingEngineer, StudioMusician - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

11
Happy
00:03:59

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Enayet Kabir, MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, Engineer, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Nourished by Time, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - TAP Music, MusicPublisher - Marcus Elliot Brown, Composer, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

12
1 Thing To Smash
00:03:15

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Warp Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Warp Publishing, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Loraine James, Producer, Arranger, Programmer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Gabrielle Garo, Composer - TAP Music, MusicPublisher - Gabrielle Victoria Garo (BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

13
Be Alone In This
00:02:45

Joe LaPorta, Engineer - Enayet Kabir, Composer - Harry Fox Agency, MusicPublisher - Yaeji, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kathy Yaeji Lee, ComposerLyricist - Chris Botta, Composer, Arranger, Engineer, MixingEngineer - CMRRA, MusicPublisher - Enayet, Engineer, StudioMusician - TAP Music, MusicPublisher

2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd 2023 Yaeji under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd

Album review

Yaeji's fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of her debut full-length album since a pair of 2017 EPs, the second of which featured club essential "Raingurl." With a Hammer showcases the Korean American singer, producer, DJ, visual artist and writer's talents across thirteen tracks as she takes listeners on a journey into the depths of her mind, addressing both societal and self-imposed repression accumulated over her lifetime. Despite the upbeat and club-ready sound of the second track, "For Granted," it's essential to note that With a Hammer is a deeply introspective vessel for Yaeji's inner thoughts. In a letter to fans accompanying the announcement of the album, Yaeji explained that she began tackling her inner demons by writing a story of herself and a hammer, which she crafted from her own anger. This narrative would guide Yaeji in her studio recording sessions. While tracks like "Passed Me By," which could easily be interpreted by a rock band as a head-banging anthem, or "Ready or Not" and "Happy"—which have elements of R&B supported by surprising drum beats—show glimpse of other genres, there's always a sprinkle of Yaeji's fun, glitchy aesthetic, which ties everything together into a beautiful sound collage. "I want to begin this album with intent. I want to take all that I've suppressed and let it breathe and live through this process of creation. I want my music to be free," Yaeji has stated. With a Hammer is an instant Qobuzissime; there is a weightlessness and lost-in-time feeling as you experience the intimate and delightful insight into her eclectic world. It is safe to say that her goal has been achieved. © Jessica Porter-Langson/Qobuz

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