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2 spoon-full’s of world beat, four guys from Brooklyn, mixed with what resembles a ripped cymbal, and an extra twist all their own gives you a moment in heaven with Yeasayer. This intensely creative quad made their way into the stylish uptown Urban Outfitters venue, July 30th for a free, invitation only, 7pm show. Lines began forming before 5 o’ clock and by 7, had made their way off into the distance, later packed out the venue that could withstand over 400 people.
Each member played more than one role in the show by frequently rotating between percussion roles, vocals, and guitar or bass. The experience began with some brand new songs, and really kicked in with the more familiar song 2080, off of their debut album ALL HOUR CYMABLS. The guitarist ripped, and the crowd bobbed and swung to the tunes. Despite the obstacle that their amount of musical layers may propose; they more than delivered in their live performance.
One of their strongest tracks, in my opinion, is Sunrise. Sunrise is the first track off of their album, and was the second to last song before the demanded encore at their show. It has a strong original beat, great harmonies, and a beautiful arrangement of various instrumental mixtures. It drives the album forward, and definitely gets the crowd moving.
On the lighter side there is Red Cave which ends the album and was the last song of the concert previous to the encore, and was requested by a fan. It is a ‘parts song’, where the vocalists, much like in ‘row, row, row your boat...’, part melody and words. The song harkens back to the old songs of English speaking Europe while also exhibiting a bit of a folky and Bedouin influence. There seems to be a little something from everywhere embedded in their music.
Many will agree, and I am sure you will too, that they are practically incomparable to other musicians and defy any genre that people would love to put them in. They are currently under the WE ARE FREE music label, and have released their debut album ALL HOUR CYMBALS. They were founded by half of a barbershop quartet, followed by the rhythm, and as they have stated, they have turned into a brotherhood. Anand Wilder, Luke Fasano, Ira Wolf Tuton, and Chris Keating, make up this forward motion band that is sure to influence and inspire many current and future musicians, as they find harmony in the mesh of global and indie rock sounds.
To catch them live you can check them out in Chicago at Lollapalooza on August 1st and 2nd, in NYC at the Summer Stage in Central Park on August 4th, but after that you’ll have to follow them to Europe, and Australia. For more tour date info check them out at www.yeasayer.net, or http://www.myspace.com/yeasayer!