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Written byNick Trethowan

Yum Yuck Unleashes Magic with ‘A Crab With Sunglasses On’ EP.

In the eclectic realm of Cape Town’s alternative indie pop scene, Yum Yuck continues a musical journey that stays fresh, fun and incredibly easy to listen to. Helmed by the talented producer and songwriter (as well as one of the nicest, coolest people in CT) Pascal Righini, is a name that’s been making waves for years and if you’ve read any of my pieces before, you’d know how highly I think of this musician. With the recent release of his EP ‘A Crab With Sunglasses On’ Yum Yuck continues to captivate audiences with a palette rich in vibrant grooves, catchy vocals, and wavy guitar tones that take listeners on a sensory journey.

Righini, a South African Music Award winner, has been a fixture on prestigious platforms like Maison Kitsune and Spotify Fresh Finds. His music, often featured in indie, alternative, and chill-out playlists, resonates with fans of artists like Still Woozy, Hether, The Cure, MorMor, and Beach Fossils, showcasing his versatility and ability to blend genres seamlessly.

One of the standout tracks from ‘A Crab With Sunglasses On ‘ is “Crossing Paths,” where Yum Yuck’s signature sound comes alive. The song’s slinky, groovy beats layered with New-Soul Guitars, Wurlitzer Piano, and Auto-tuned vocals create an immersive experience. It’s alternative R&B with a lo-fi twist, offering a refreshing take on contemporary music.

The narrative of “Crossing Paths” delves into the complexities of unexpectedly encountering an old flame. Righini’s lyrics paint a picture of maintaining a facade of coolness while internally wrestling with waves of regret, a sentiment many can relate to. The message of letting go of the connection to preserve the memory rings bittersweet and true, adding depth to the EP’s overall thematic arc.

Listening to Yum Yuck’s ‘A Crab With Sunglasses On’ feels like embarking on a headphone journey down memory lane or a top-down road trip into the sunset. The songs are uplifting, sensual, and dissolving, creating an atmosphere that’s both nostalgic and forward-thinking. Righini’s ability to craft melodies that resonate on an emotional level is evident throughout the EP, making it a must-listen for fans of innovative indie pop.

As Yum Yuck continues to make waves in the music scene, ‘A Crab With Sunglasses On’ stands as a testament to Righini’s talent and creativity. With its infectious beats, heartfelt lyrics, and immersive soundscapes, this EP cements Yum Yuck’s position as a rising star in the world of alternative music.

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