| Yah Tibyah La Blu|
Joyful Noise Recordings
| 2004 (2004)–present|
Bell Ord Forrest
| Kevin Kesterson
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Indie rock, Alternative rock
I Love You is a recording act fronted by Justin Randel that is based in Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 2004 as a trio, the project used various names until late in that year when Yah Tibyah La Blu (a slightly bastardized translation of "I Love You" in Russian) became "official." For practical reasons, the group began using the English phrase by the release of their first recordings.
In 2007, bassist Kevin Kesterson departed, making a duo of the group. Then in 2008, drummer Jeffrey Schlette parted ways with I Love You, making Randel the sole member. In 2009, video artist Charlie Mylie joined up with Randel, throwing psychedelic visuals into the mix during live performances. During October of that year the duo released their first recording for Indianapolis, Indiana's Joyful Noise Recordings, Bell Ord Forrest.
In 2010, I Love You became a solo act again. According to his MySpace page, frontman Justin Randel released Feeling Bad To Feel Better in October 2011 on CD and cassette. In 2014, citing a change in music style, Justin Randel changed the his moniker to "Reaches".
I Love You (Yah Tibyah La Blu) Wikipedia
Jason Harper in The Pitch called the band "promising" as it "thrashes about in the secret playroom between punk and indie rock, ... crafting paradoxically sloppy and intricate experimental pop." Harper continued, "Randel's polyrhythmic guitar loops distract the listener while Schlette gradually builds a hip-jerking beat that climaxes in frantic, shouted vocals and disco-ball-slicing riffs. It's crazy danceable, but only if you're crazy."
Gabriel Keehn of Tiny Mix Tapes wrote, "the sense of legitimate, fresh tinkering-for-the-sake-of-tinkering and corner-of-the-sandbox fun here is genuine, but this has surely been done before, and it's been done a lot better" in giving the CD Drones Drugs and Harmony three out of five stars.
Simon Lewis and Stefan Ek of TerraScope (UK) wrote of "Bell Ord Forrest", "Here’s the most charming music ... It’s rhythmic and polyrhythmic, it’s like Talking Heads or B52 being converted into this millenniums Now People. It’s happy and it’s inventive. It’s Party!"2006: Six Trick Pony (CD) self-release
2006: Davan/I Love You (12 inch split) self-release
2008: Drone, Drugs and Harmony (CD and tape) self-release
2009: Bell Ord Forrest (CD and tape) Joyful Noise
2011: Feeling Bad To Feel Better (CD and tape) Pecan Crazy Records
2013: Pseudodoxia (Vinyl, CD and tape) We Be Friends Records