Yeasayer started out as a psychedelic folk-rock band but now lean heavily toward electronic dance music. Their new stage show uses a reflective sculpture that interacts with music, beats and light.
The Brooklyn band’s new full-length Fragrant World layers simple, sophisticated electronic textures over mournful folky melody. With a simmering quality that’s somehow warm and edgy. Here’s the opening track “Fingers Never Bleed.”
Yeasayer’s first record dropped in 2007. All Hour Cymbals was tripped-out folk-rock. The band’s ability to create a lush sound with lots of space and strong melodies set them apart. They also twist instrument sounds and add echoes. “Wait for the Summer” is the most hypnotic song from the first record.
The second full-length Odd Blood in 2010 showed a whole other side to the band. The song One has a wake-me-up groove, vocals that show longing for love, and amped up breaks that sound both futuristic and retro.
Yeasayer play at the Neptune Theater in Seattle on Thursday, August 30th. Full tour schedule and video of the new stage show at their label here.
Tune in to Michele Myers Friday nights at 9pm on KEXP 90.3FM in Seattle, kexp.org. Music historian, documentary producer and DJ, she’s made over 200 radio stories for KEXP Documentaries and written scripts, lesson plans and features for Experience Music Project, University of Washington and NPR. She spins dance sets of soul, funk and electronic music every third Thursday at Electric Tea Garden in Seattle.