20. Yeasayer – Fragrant World
Yeasayer‘s third album received some pretty mixed reviews. But despite its critical reception, Fragrant World really grew on me. The band stepped away from indie pop toward an R&B sound, all while staying under its signature twisted psych umbrella.
In addition to the genre shift, Fragrant World narrowed Yeasayer’s usually too-wide scope. While All Hour Cymbals and Odd Blood teemed with brilliant experimentation, they often came across as disheveled and a bit random. But the band tightened their focus under a dark lens.
Before the album came out, Yeasayer debuted two strong tracks, “Henrietta” and “Longevity.” Even with the singles’ unforgettable hooks, neither overshadows the other nine songs. In fact, with each listen, new songs begin to jump out as favorites — the glitchy “Damaged Goods,” the Oingo Boingo bop of “Reagan’s Skeleton,” or the slow churn of “Glass of the Microscope.”
Fragrant World sounds like a shimmering underworld. It might even be Yeasayer at their best.
The latest issue of Mojo magazine comes with a free CD: Rumours Revisited — a track-by-track tribute to Fleetwood Mac‘s 1977 classic Rumours. Artists like Yeasayer, Liars, Besnard Lakes and others covered the album’s 11 tracks.
Yeasayer offers a quirky take on the opening track, “Second Hand News.” The rhythm bops along with sprightly electronics, and the band adds slight psychedelic twists with textures and warbly harmonies.
Liars’ cover is quite the opposite. The ominous bowed-bass opening, low vocals and minimal tones make “The Chain” incredibly creepy.
Check out both tracks below, courtesy of Mad Mackerel, and pick up a copy of Mojo to hear the rest.
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Yeasayer made a surprise return this week. According to We All Want Someone To Shout For, the band sent fans on their mailing list physical CDs with a brand new track.
The new song, “Henrietta,” is thick with psychedelic echoes and noises, but has one of the best grooves Yeasayer’s ever made. It definitely fulfills their promise of a “demented R&B record.”