I Love You (Yah Tibyah La Blu)

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I Love You
Also known as Yah Tibyah La Blu
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Joyful Noise
Members Justin Randel
Past members
  • Kevin Kesterson
  • Jeffrey Schlette
  • Charlie Mylie

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."[1] For practical reasons, the group began using the English phrase by the release of their first recordings.[citation needed]

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.[1] During October of that year the duo released their first recording for Indianapolis, Indiana's Joyful Noise Recordings, Bell Ord Forrest.[2]

In 2010, I Love You became a solo act again.[citation needed] According to his MySpace page, frontman Justin Randel released Feeling Bad To Feel Better in October 2011 on CD and cassette.[3] In 2014, citing a change in music style, Justin Randel changed the his moniker to "Reaches".


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."[4]

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.[5]

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!"[6]



  1. ^ a b Tobias, Jeff (November 20, 2009). "A Band From a City That Doesn't Care". Flagpole Magazine.
  2. ^ Hofstetter, Karl. (October 27, 2009). "I Love You's "Bell Ord Forrest" Out Now!". Joyful Noise Recordings.
  3. ^ Yah Tibyah La Blu MySpace.com.
  4. ^ Harper, Jason. (June 26, 2008). "I Love You". The Pitch.
  5. ^ Keehn, Gabriel (November 14, 2008). "I Love You - Drones, Drugs and Harmony". (review) Tiny Mix Tapes.
  6. ^ Lewis, Simon; Ek, Stefan (January 2010). "Rumbles - January 2010". Ptolemaic Terrascope Online.

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