“When I sit down to write music, I just wanna tell a story,” says Yvette Young, guitarist of California prog rock band Covet. “It doesn’t have to be a specific story, everyone can see something different. But when I’m writing, I like to think about a mood or a place that I want to portray.”
While most of Covet’s music is instrumental, fans of the band will likely understand what Young means when she speaks of story. Covet has a way of creating new worlds through the music itself. The title of the band’s new album, technicolor, which is out now on Triple Crown Records, has visual implications, and Covet’s music sweeps listeners away on a journey that feels as visual as it does auditory.
Young even notes that visualizing the images that were in her head as she wrote the music helps calm her stage fright nerves.
“What’s cool is when I perform that song live, a way to get myself out of nerves is to just think about that place and just play the song while I’m mentally at that place,” she says. “And it helps a lot with conveying the overall song, and not tripping out in my head about people watching me.”
The way Covet’s music dips and soars, it feels like an adventure into the great unknown. Perhaps it sounds that way because that’s how it was written.
“Whenever I sit down to write music, be it an album or just a song, I don’t really know what’s gonna happen,” Young says. “I never really have a concrete thing. I just toy around on guitar for a bit, and then I hear something that catches my ear, and then I extrapolate on that, and then I go from there to figure out what the song is about. It sounds really cheesy, but the music kind of writes itself.”
Prior to technicolor, all of Covet’s work was instrumental. This was, in part, because Young wanted Covet’s music to be gender-ambiguous.
“I feel like often times when you have female vocalists, it just immediately becomes about, ‘oh, this is a girl in the band who sings.’ I wanted the music to be genderless,” she says. “I didn’t want it to be about our identities, I just wanted the music to be music. And I feel like that’s what instrumental music can do. There’s no human voice, it’s like an abstract picture.”
However, two of the tracks on technicolor have vocals and lyrics, a first for the band. Young explains that she was hesitant about this at first, but decided it was what was best for the music.
“Certainly, I was scared of being lumped into a certain genre of ‘female-fronted’ or whatever,” she says. “But I realized that’s silly, because it absolutely needed vocals over it to carry the song. So, I ended up writing some lyrics, and here we are, two vocal tracks from Covet!”
Many folks in the United States are feeling extreme stress levels. With urgent guitar riffs and soothing melodies, Covet’s music provides some relief. Young says that this was the feeling she was going for in writing the record. “I wanted it to feel like a hug, or like seeing a good friend after not seeing them for a long time. Just reassurance and comfort. And something uplifting.”