Waiting for Summer with Yeasayer

April 19, 2010 · Print This Article

Later this year, Brooklyn’s Yeasayer will export their ecstatic electropop to the European festival circuit. In the meantime, they’re touring US clubs to support the recent release of One Blood. Early in the jaunt, they hit western North Carolina, and I traveled from middle Tennessee to see them.
Sharing the vibe of bands like MGMT and Animal Collective, Yeasayer drop tribal dance rock that could take them in various euphoric directions. On a surprisingly warm, early April night in Asheville, fans got their boogie on. But I could not help wishing that the sounds had melted the club walls or had accompanied the stunning blue ridge sunset I’d seen earlier that night.
While I know that the Orange Peel could host the arena aspirations of Kings of Leon back in 2007, I somehow wanted to be outside on Easter Monday, with the North Carolina wind on my face for the hair-raising beauty of the romantic anthem “I Remember” or the heart-turning message of the apocalyptic hymn “2080.” Exquisite on their studio recordings, the touring five-piece Yeasayer stumbled and gurgled in search of the proper modulation; somehow, their broader mysticism got trapped inside the mixing board, the PA betrayed their potential.
On new jams like “Mondegreen,” “O.N.E.,” and “Ambling Alp,” we danced in furious flurries without worry, but the dozen-song main set ended too soon. Encores “Grizelda” and “Sunrise” offered transecendent twinkles of what Yeasayer can achieve, and the dancefloor throbbed and surfed in appropriate reverence.
Co-fronted by Chris Keating and Anand Wilder, Yeasayer have crafted a memorable, magical sound for curious contemplation and ripping rejuvenation. I hope that this project doesn’t see its greatest gifts in the studio but achieves a fuller live experience, perhaps getting crazy for the summer festival dates, perhaps taking some tips from Wayne Coyne’s Willy Wonkish ways and heading in the direction of a multimedia sensual happening.
One Blood is out now on Secretly Canadian, and the band are on tour until the end of summer. Visit http://www.myspace.com/yeasayer

Later this year, Brooklyn’s Yeasayer will export their ecstatic electropop to the European festival circuit. In the meantime, they’re touring US clubs to support the recent release of One Blood. Early in the jaunt, they hit western North Carolina, and I traveled from middle Tennessee to see them.

Sharing the vibe of bands like MGMT and Animal Collective, Yeasayer drop tribal dance rock that could take them in various euphoric directions. On a surprisingly warm, early April night in Asheville, fans got their boogie on. But I could not help wishing that the sounds had melted the club walls or had accompanied the stunning blue ridge sunset I’d seen earlier that night.

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While I know that the Orange Peel could host the arena aspirations of Kings of Leon back in 2007, I somehow wanted to be outside on Easter Monday, with the North Carolina wind on my face for the hair-raising beauty of the romantic anthem “I Remember” or the heart-turning message of the apocalyptic hymn “2080.” Exquisite on their studio recordings, the touring five-piece Yeasayer stumbled and gurgled in search of the proper modulation; somehow, their broader mysticism got trapped inside the mixing board, the PA betrayed their potential.

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On new jams like “Mondegreen,” “O.N.E.,” and “Ambling Alp,” we danced in furious flurries without worry, but the dozen-song main set ended too soon. Encores “Grizelda” and “Sunrise” offered transecendent twinkles of what Yeasayer can achieve, and the dancefloor throbbed and surfed in appropriate reverence.

Co-fronted by Chris Keating and Anand Wilder, Yeasayer have crafted a memorable, magical sound for curious contemplation and ripping rejuvenation. I hope that this project doesn’t see its greatest gifts in the studio but achieves a fuller live experience, perhaps getting crazy for the summer festival dates, perhaps taking some tips from Wayne Coyne’s Willy Wonkish ways and heading in the direction of a multimedia sensual happening. –Andrew William Smith, Editor

One Blood is out now on Secretly Canadian, and the band are on tour until the end of summer. Visit http://www.myspace.com/yeasayer

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