LP, Limited Edition, Hot Pink Vinyl
XL Recordings (2023) US
With A Hammer was composed across a two-year period in New York, Seoul, and London, begun shortly after the release of What We Drew and during the lockdowns of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a diaristic ode to self-exploration; the feeling of confronting one's own emotions, and the transformation that is possible when we're brave enough to do so.
In this case, Yaeji examines her relationship to anger. It is a departure from her previous work, blending elements of trip-hop and rock with her familiar house-influenced style, and dealing with darker, more self-reflective lyrical themes, both in English and Korean. Yaeji also utilizes live instrumentation for the first time on this album – weaving in a patchwork ensemble of live musicians, and incorporating her own guitar playing. With A Hammer features electronic producers and close collaborators K Wata and Enayet, and guest vocals from London's Loraine James and Baltimore's Nourished by Time.