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The whimsical and creative faction of Yeasayer is made up of the artistic and somewhat maniacal Anand Wilder, Chris Keating and Ira Wolf Tuton. These lads have scoured the minds of each other and favorites from the past for a pleasant array of artsy and magical moments in pop indie rock. Similar to the production sounds of Talking Heads, Brian Eno and maybe even XTC’s Andy Partridge who today is still a tech nerd when it comes to gadgets & studio gear Yeasayer have taken it to the next step and brought it into today’s wide open market of musical conceptions. Unlike the first album All Hour Cymbals this is more of a concrete thought out process and it also the ability to construct pop tunes with various infectious hooks and rhythms without compromising the use of commercial musical strategies. Love Me Girl is one of the most rousing tracks that hold some memories of past Pet Shop Boys classic sounds. Its danceable but has a structure of indie and sporadic parts of insanity. Listening to all the tracks here you’d be curious to see the band up on stage running around furiously spewing their energy into the crowd while performing these songs. Peek your curiosity and hit up your local record shop for this new album and dance around in your living room for a bit.

By Marc 'Oxide' LaCasse
Apr 20, 2010

With last year’s success of Animal Collective, everyone has been waiting to see which underground band would be the big breakthrough act of 2010. An early contender is Brooklyn, NY’s Yeasayer. Following up the critically acclaimed debut, All Hour Cymbals, Yeasayer has expanded its sound further into electronics with their second release entitled – Odd Blood.
Quirky first track “The Children” would not sound out of place on Fever Ray’s album from 2009 but does not prepare the listener for the next several songs which have much more in common with 80s legends Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark. “Ampling Alp” is an upbeat affair with rattling percussion and a chorus that will stick in your head for days while “Madder Red” and “I Remember” are dark and moody but no less memorable. This leads up to the album’s centerpiece entitled “O.N.E”. Sure to be one of the most celebrated tracks of 2010, the song ebbs and flows through being a dancefloor filler with an atmospheric breakdown followed by a soulful falsetto freak-out thrown in for good measure.
While the second half of Odd Blood is not as strong as the first half, that is only because 4 of the first 5 songs are near perfect synth driven pop songs. Yeasayer has done what many other bands struggle to do, make a sophomore album that is even stronger than their first.

By Michael Gerbrandt
May 2, 2010

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