Friday, March 5, 2010

Album of the Week: Yeasayer turn up the AC

Yeasayer: Odd Blood

Yeasayer imagine themselves as a funkier Animal Collective, and Odd Blood is undoubtedly influenced by Merriweather Post Pavilion and its mix of Brian-Wilson-style overdubs and tribal rhythms. But the Brooklyn-based three-piece succeeds most when it plays to its strengths: danceable grooves and a terrific, strong-piped lead vocalist – more Miike Snow and less AC. Take second single “O.N.E.,” a track with a wicked mid-song beat that is instantly remixable. Or “Love Me Girl,” which almost, just almost, turns into a house track with its Italo-style piano riff and big beat opening (complete with an 808 State seagull sample). But it doesn’t commit, and falls back into the safer experimental sound that Odd Blood is more packed with. B

Yeasayer: O.N.E. (from RCRD LBL)
from the CD Odd Blood

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