We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Designed for Disaster HD [24​/​96]

by Yang

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    This is the hi-res version of this album.
    If you want the CD quality version or the CD itself, please go here:

    This digital album includes a booklet with lyrics credits and photographs.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $14 USD  or more


Descendance 05:27
DESCENDANCE (Lineage) For my world, moving out, Mother! In my skin, your indent, Mother! Did your future plan your defeat? Will my past unleash my heat? From the weight of your love, Mother! If the moment feels unsafe, maybe easy again to disconnect, maybe again. (If you) blink your eyes and see your offspring, never would you again feel dispossessed, never again. Mother, Sister, Daughter, Father, Brother, Son Every mark on your hand, Mother! All the tales you can tell, Mother! Am I free to run my own way? I'm a branch of your tree, Mother! Everyone will get an upgrade, one at a time, another one, another time, another one.
Disentropy 06:07
Words 04:29
WORDS (Mots) Grand - Stark - Frei - Chaud - Stream - Kauf - Fort - Star - Gross (ger.) - Work - Strong - Fight - Arm - Dur - Buy - Weg - Trace (eng.) - Crâne - Frein - Klang - Feu - Fear - Schwer - Big - Flot - Run - Flamme - Bruit - Renn - Rain - Brake - Now - Stop. Brûle - Schnee - Death - Grêle - Noir - Sink - Froid - Ash - Cri - Schwartz - Faim - Crime (eng.) - Shout - Durst - Chasse - Flood - Peur - Leer - Pierre - Schlag - Blood - Stone - Ruine (fr.) - Mud - Terre - Stein - Loch (ger.) - Fuir - Fuir. Dream - Schlaf - Dort (fr.) - Rêve - Melt - Schliess.
Flower You 04:48
FLOWER YOU Unintentional behaviour, Unintentional decay, Unintentional destruction, destruction, Unintentional humiliation. Unconditional protection, Unconditional repair, Unconditional embracing, Unconditional rehabilitation.
Unisson 05:18
Migrations 10:39
MIGRATIONS Wide skies, open movement, Wide span, over movement, Advance, advance, make it your run, only your run, (Be)cause you know, you know, there's no one in this place to run with you. Should you remain, better the gain. Should you restrain, lower the pain. Sunrise, uprise, I am, Sunshine, outshine, I was. Inspire, inspire, this is my way, one of my ways, And I know, I know, there's no one in this world to walk my way. Where grounds turn into skies, where waters turn into shores, where roads turn into streets, I am. And I know there is a way I can remember all my other endeavours. And I know that I will be aware of any intimation of despair. Should you remain, better the gain. Should you restrain, lower the pain. Real time, on time, saviour, Big time, brother, this is our turn, now is our turn. You will see, you'll see, how innocently wrong the world can be. Sunshine - Open - Inspire - Over
DESPITE ORIGINS (En dépit des origines) Respire - Embracing space - Fluss - Offenheit - Fin - Sharp - Vole - Prie - Surrender to dust - Von den Bäumen - Croît - Break - Himmel. Uno - Avancer - Mehr als sie denken - Future - Crociata - Vivant - Per te - Never ending hope - Violent - Radikal - Brother in pain - Tranche - Cut - Schneid - Tagliare - Inconnu - Insensitive - Non posso più parlare - Für mich - Infini - Nothing to look for - Grundlos - Lumineux - For you - Pour toi.


French composer and guitarist Frédéric L'Épée formed his first serious band, Shylock, while in his teens and waxed two now highly collectible albums with that formation in the mid 70s; moving on to the guitar-centric combo Philharmonie, who existed from 1987-1998 and which produced a further five full-length releases. Since 2004, he has been leading and working with the more ‘rock’ oriented quartet Yang.

The European quartet’s fourth release, Designed For Disaster — their second for Cuneiform — is Yang’s first to feature singing, although the use of words is “meant to communicate an impression and not meaning”, Frédéric points out. A good example of this is the album’s track “Words”. as demonstrated by the new album’s fifth track, “Words”. Over an ominously martial beat, L'Épée and his bandmates shout single-word slogans: “Stark”, “Frei”, “Fight”, “Klang”, “Bruit”, et cetera. These are almost but not quite drowned out by a barrage of distorted electric guitars; the effect is that an unknown and threatening authority figure is issuing enigmatic orders, with consequence for those who don’t obey. It’s eerie, and unsettling.

With Designed for Disaster, his compositions primarily have their genesis in Baroque music, minimalism, and of course the progressive rock he gravitated towards as a teenager, with King Crimson’s Robert Fripp as his acknowledged influence, but there are passages on Designed For Disaster that sound very much like what Steve Reich might have arrived at had he been writing for two guitars, electric bass, and drums rather than for percussion ensemble.

But there are other factors that L'Épée, as Yang’s sole composer, constantly takes into consideration. One of these has to do with the group of accomplices he’s assembled: bassist Nico Gomez, he notes, has a gift for melody; guitarist Laurent James has a complementary ear for texture; and drummer Volodia Brice is capable of negotiating the most complex time signatures. “What is happening is that every musician plays with his own personality, and I compose with those personalities,” he adds. “For another lineup, I would not compose the same at all.”


released February 25, 2022

Frédéric L’Epée – guitars, synth, chorus
Laurent James – guitars, chorus
Nico Gomez – bass, chorus
Volodia Brice – drums
Ayşe Cansu Tanrikulu ¬– vocals

Produced by Markus Reuter and Frédéric L’Epée


all rights reserved



Cuneiform Records Washington, D.C.

Cuneiform Records is an independent record label releasing adventurous, boundary-bursting music by artists from around the world.

Founded in 1984.
Based in Washington D.C.

contact / help

Contact Cuneiform Records

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Cuneiform Records recommends:

If you like Designed for Disaster HD [24/96], you may also like: