Friday, November 20, 2009

Sweet Indie Band of the Week: Yeasayer

I know Yeasayer has been around a couple years, but I haven't really given them the time of day until I heard their newest diddy 'Ambling Alp' on XM a few weeks ago. Starting like a standard Animal Collective jam with woodblocks and splashes, the song lurches into a tribal drumbeat and a spacey guitar parts before a deliciously poppy verse and chorus rises, challenging the listener to "stick up for yourself son, never mind what anybody else does". It sounds like syrupy mush, but it's the unique chaos of the production that really sets it apart from other Top 40 tripe. It even has a saxophone breakdown for chrissakes. If this is what we can expect from Yeasayer's sophomore album Odd Blood, Animal Collective may have some psychedelic competition. Give it a listen.


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