I first heard of Yeasayer after they caused a commotion at SXSW 2007, so I jumped at the chance to see them at Lollapalooza in 2008, where they totally killed it. Now, after three long years, they’ve finally released their second album, and it was definitely worth the wait. Yeasayer is a Brooklyn-based band that is comprised of three main members, Chris Keating on lead vocals and keyboards, Anand Wilder on guitars, keyboards and backing vocals, and Ira Wolf Tuton on bass guitar and backing vocals, along with a multitude of guest musicians, not to mention an orchestra of samples and sound effects.
Odd Blood starts out kind of dark and moody with “The Children”, but overall this is a very upbeat album, even when discussing relationship troubles or sociopathic Medellin drug lords. It’s not quite as moody as their first album, All Hour Cymbals, having a much more pop feel to it, but still staying true to their experimental sound. While I love pretty much every song on the album (though I’m admittedly a tad burned out on the first single from the album, “Ambling Alp”), there are definitely some standouts. “Love Me Girl” is a perfect mix of chill and anthemic, plus the happy hardcore-esque keyboards make me grin from ear to ear. One of the slower songs, “I Remember” is beautiful and romantic, referred to by the band as a “four-and-a-half-minute-long mixtape love ballad”. I can’t describe it any better. My favorite song, though, is probably “Mondegreen”, with its irresistibly contagious rhythm. I can’t keep myself from tapping along on the steering wheel every time it comes on, and I think this would be amazing live.
This is an album that I think should have more broad appeal than their first. Even though it takes plenty of risks, it still remains accessible, plus it’s really fun to sing along to, which is a big plus for me. It just so happens that Yeasayer are playing at the State Theater in St Pete on Monday Oct 4 with Washed Out and local DJ’s The Soft Rock Renegades. They managed to put on a hell of a show in the middle of a Chicago heat wave in 2008, so I can’t begin to imagine how amazing they’re going to be in some AC with 3 more years of shows under their belts. Tickets are only $15 in advance, so check out the songs below and hope to see some of you there.
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