Friday, November 2, 2007

Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals

All Hour Cymbals
(10.2007, We Are Free)

Yeasayer’s debut album, All Hour Cymbals, is something of an enigma, listening to it something of an otherworldly transportation, aptly describing it something of a quaint impossibility. And yet here I am, engrossed in All Hour Cymbals with my Microsoft Word cursor blinking at me tauntingly. In all honesty, my first impression of Yeasayer was, ‘this sounds like a Fleetwood Mac injected with experimental world music.’ I still haven’t completely disregarded this sentiment but All Hour Cymbals is quite a bit more than a simple rock equation. All Hour Cymbals is definitely not your average indie rock record. It's upbeat and contains a kind of foreign spiritualism that floats lightly like cumulous clouds in a deep blue sky. Structure that spiritualism with a melting pot of folk, progressive rock, electronic, gospel, world and pop influences and somewhere on the other end you will have Yeasayer. In the end, when all my misguided descriptions show their faults, what you will have is an immensely enjoyable, thoroughly consistent album that would fit perfectly into any music collection. Simply put, All Hour Cymbals is one of the most surprising and refreshing releases of 2007.

-Mr. Thistle

Yeasayer - "2080"

1 comment:

Justin said...

Yeasayer did a live performance on KEXP a few weeks ago, which is available through the KEXP podcast. It was impressive. It's certainly worth checking out if you haven't already.