Album of the week: April 7 – Yaeji

April 7th 2023

Six years after the release of her influential debut EP, Yaeji unveils her debut album With A Hammer. Inspired by a diaristic period of self-reflection, Yaeji examines her relationship to anger and how it can be effectively channeled into creation and transformation. These ideas come alive across With A Hammer, as she not only knocks down genre expectations and norms, but radically reconstructs them again. The result is a thoughtful art-pop record with excavations from the world of dance music; not only Yaeji’s distinctive take on house, but also trip hop, rumbling dubstep bass and energetic breakbeats. Her distinctive vocal personality is also supported with live instrumentation for the first time – a kaleidoscopic collage of woodwind, strings and Yaeji’s own guitar playing. After years of shifting the contours of popular music from the underground, on With A Hammer Yaeji steps into a sound that’s new, but still wholly her own – proving that she’s only just getting started.

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