Brooklyn avant garde ensemble Yeasayer won over critics and indie music fans alike with 2007s All Hour Cymbals, a debut album praised far and wide for its intoxicating psyche rock drive, unexpected pop hooks and pervasive worldbeat textures. [Photo by Jason Nocito]
But unlike so many other acts that get popular on a sound and run it into the ground, or evolve and transform over several albums, Yeasayer did a 180 on their sophomore outing, 2010s Odd Blood, shifting their focus to dance music, production quality, and general electro-sonic experimentation.
We just wanted to get away from some of the genres we were pigeonholed into with the first album, guitarist/keyboardist Anand Wilder told me in a recent interview. World music band, African guitar rock band, hippie folk outfit, a new addition to the freak folk catalog So even if a song mightve sounded like it really needed an acoustic guitar, wed just process it through a sampler, or throw it through some pedals and make it sound really damaged.
Odd Blood balances tasteful Brian Eno-style minimalism with the bands own knack for sonic layering and playing with melody. They not only turned up the bass tone but introduced deep pulsing waves of sub bass, experimented with pitch effects, and generally turned to synthesizers and keyboards more often while reducing (but not completely abandoning) their reliance on guitar, percussion and organic elements overall. The result is blissful, post-global retro-pop with the odd hand-claps and unruly falsetto-primal wails.