5/28 Imperial - Vancouver, BC
5/29 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/31 The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
6/01 Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
6/02 Observatory North Park - San Diego, CA
6/03 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA
The last time we saw the band in town, it was a co-headlined show with Quilt at the now-defunct 400 Bar in 2012 (which we think was their last Minneapolis appearance)... so it’s been a long time since we saw the duo.
The music of Young Magic had a much more ambient feel than that of the headliner. Singer Melati Malay had a very haunting vocal style which can only be described as spooky. The darkness and deepness of the voice has a very somber feeling but when you mix that with the intricate drum work done by one drummer on a live set and the other drummer on an electric set, it becomes something extremely unique and something you just can't ignore. The music is a perfect soundtrack for a lazy Sunday where you just want to be surrounded by pillows and engulfed in a sea of blankets. It was extremely calming without being boring.
Words just can't describe the feeling you get from the crowd at one of Yeasayer's shows. To say the feeling is electric would be an understatement. You can't help but lose yourself in the excitement of it all even if you don't know words to the songs or even the beat of the song. The members of the band seem to pretty much stay on their own sides of the stage and don't seem to move around much but there's still this sense of energy that comes off of the stage. I think this feeling of such high energy is why I have absolutely fallen in love with these guys when seeing them live but quickly become bored when listening to their recordings.
The music of Yeasayer is upbeat and fun. It's indie-rock with a hint of techno mixed in with it. The high pitched vocals mixed with the low bass sound creates a contrast that you just cannot ignore. When the band has three vocals going, it's enough to stop you in your tracks. It's beautiful and deep but also full of energy and it makes you want to dance.
Yeasayer’s Amen & Goodbye is out now on Mute Records.
Yeasayer at First Avenue, Minneapolis (24 May 2016)