Yearbook

by Hello Time Travel

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about

Yearbook is a concept album that takes a quick surreal snapshot of the lives of four teenagers at a rural high school. They are depressed, self-conscious, overly earnest, selfish, and highly superficial. All of the students are, at first, totally lacking in nuance: they behave as if they are caricatures of themselves in a bizarre attempt at self-expression.

When the news breaks mid-day that a classmate has committed suicide the students make wild speculations about the reason for the suicide. Things take a turn for the worse as allegations begin to fly. They treat each other with incredible ruthlessness. Quick references to darker issues (eating disorders, domestic violence, poverty, misogyny, etc.) briefly surface and then pass by without resolution. The whole album flips back and forth quickly between comedy, parody, and tragedy as it explores the taboo topic of mortality, appropriate and proper reactions to death, and the performative nature of grief in a small community.

credits

released February 14, 2014

Piano, vocals, mix: Erica McLachlin
Violin: Marty Rocca
Mastering: Chris Matei

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Hello Time Travel Perth, Australia

Introspective, eclectic, DIY indie pop. Originally from Canada.

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