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Strokey Beards and Disco Delirium
on 9 February 2010
Yeasayer's 2007 debut 'All Hour Cymbals' was a lot of fun.
Unselfconscious arthouse rock of almost the highest order.
It had a light touch, a big smile and you could dance to it
and who could ask for more than that in these dark times?
'Odd Blood' is a very strong second showing.
The music is intelligent and interesting in equal measure.
The band are not afraid of a good tune and running with it.
'Madder Red' is one of their finest. An expansive and
powerfully melodic composition with some fine falsetto
"Woo Oohs" to sing along to (nearly always a good thing!)
The dense, synth-laden structure of 'I Remember', with its
heart-felt central vocal performance is another winner.
At times the band sound like close cousins of
TV On The Radio but have the advantage of not taking
themselves quite as seriously and at the end of the
day there is more than enough room in the world for yet
another quality Brooklyn-based experimental pop combo!
The rhapsodic rhythmic textures of 'O.N.E.' look back fondly
to the eighties but keeps nostalgia nicely under control
to deliver one of the albums highlights. Heck! Put this on
at a wedding disco and everyone would be on the floor!!
'Rome' chugs and chortles along happily. The big bad bassline
packs a punch and the ecstatic vocal harmonies are a hoot!
(The chipmunk solo is particularly delightful!)
'Strange Reunions' sounds like the lovechild of The Beach Boys
and Alanis Morissette swimming under water in the fourth dimension.
'Mondegreen' is a sort of rockabilly hootenanny on the moon.
Final track 'Grizelda' ends the album on a fragile almost folksy high.
A strangely uplifting and otherworldly confection.
Put it on at a party and people are sure to stop and listen.
Some will nod knowingly (stroking their short beards), others
will doubtless be tempted to throw themselves around wildly,
so keep the Capo di Monte well out of harm's way!
In either case everyone will doubtless find something
to enjoy in this tantalizingly unorthodox project.