Brisbane Yoste just released their third EP, never the same, a six-person collection that showcases the best of the alt-pop artist. It’s a gorgeous release, filled with serious songwriting and irresistible hooks.
From the EP, Yoste – otherwise known as Kurt Sines – says:
“This record is all about growth, but not in an entirely optimistic or reckless sense. It’s really about self-reflection and self-doubt as well as confidence and exuberance. I feel like the title – never the same – captures that sense of change and perhaps loss, but also hints at something beyond.
It’s all introduced by lead single “Violet,” a track that explores pop culture’s strained relationship with depression and anxiety, and how it affects people’s perception of problems.
“It’s not to say these things [depression, anxiety] aren’t huge issues, of course they are and I write about them often, but it’s more about the temptation in all of us to wear these things as a badge of honor rather than something we can and should try to manage. Giving young people back their teeth in particular!
To celebrate the release of the EP, Yoste has put together a playlist that perfectly accompanies “Violet” – hit play below, then read on for a track-by-track breakdown!
Beabadoobie – “Talking”
Similar to Violet’s ethos – Beabadoobie’s “speech” captures a sense of cynicism and energy that can be so appealing.
Milk. – “2”
A lightly experimental and bubbly piece of electronic music that complements Violet’s spunky guitars.
Yoe Mase – “I’m Only 27 But I Want To”
Self-aware, catchy, cynical, serious.
Ethan Gruska, Bon Iver – “So Unimportant”
You probably haven’t heard it, but you’ll be happy when you do.
Jeremy Zucker – “Not Your Friend”
Properly produced agonizing pop perfection.
Labrinth – “Forever”
Take things down a notch with a slow-burning, emotional chorus for the modern era.
No Rome, Bearface – “1h45”
UK Garage beats with heavy pop and electronic influences. A similar eclectic mix of influences that led me to make Violet.
Big Red Machine – “8:22”
Songs with back-to-back titles that take us from after midnight to morning. Completely accidental but I’m still impressed with myself. Listen to this for complete calm.
The Japanese House – “Something has to change”
Eclectic instrumentation, lush voice and rich in harmony.
The 1975 – “Petrichor”
Secretly hidden at the end of another song called “How To Draw”, many have not heard this track. It’s the perfect ending to this playlist.
Building a strong presence in the United States, despite being based halfway around the world in Brisbane, never the same is Yoste’s first EP since signing with the Norwegian DJ and producer Kygothe label Palm records. And with over 150 million streams on his first two EPs, and a slew of top shows, and backing slots for the likes of Running touch, slow magic, Island of the Ancientsand Shallouit is definitely one to watch!
At Yoste never the same is out now. Stream it through your favorite music service HERE.