PREVIEW: Yeasayer at Revolution Hall October 26th
Written by Shayna on October 23, 2016
FFO: M83, Animal Collective, Local Natives
The word “Alternative” has been used to place bands inside a specific genre but Yeasayer have fully embraced its actual meaning with their shape-shifting sound. The Brooklyn three-piece merge psych rock, dance pop, and African and Middle-Eastern fusion to create a unique blend of music that separates themselves from other indie alternative bands. Yeasayer’s core members Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilde quickly showed their talents with their debut album All Hour Cymbal in 2007. When they played at SXSW the same year, they immediately drew in a slew of people’s attention who were adrenalized by their fresh sounds. Their first single “2080” showed how using multiple vocalists and an eclectic mix of instruments could create genre-bending music and they’ve used it to their advantage ever since.
Their follow-up album, 2010’s Odd Blood, was notably a more dance heavy album with upbeat rhythms and prominent synths. Singles “O.N.E.” and “Ambling Alp” became prominent indie dance tracks and the album landed them on multiple year end best album lists including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Spin. With the success of Odd Blood, the band allowed themselves to experiment with more abstract sounds and peculiar, even darker, stylings in 2012’s Fragrant World. Yeasayer have managed to stray from the conventional and predictable which has made them a remarkable act.
Their latest album, Amen & Goodbye, of which they’re currently touring on combines their past sounds and transforms it into an ambitious, grandiose body of work. Their latest single “Silly Me” is one that you can’t help but move your body to with it’s catchy chorus and buoyant instrumentation. The entire album yearns to be played and heard in a live setting which will no doubt make their show on Wednesday one that shouldn’t be missed.
– Shayna Chabrow