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9.0

Yeasayer
All Hours Cymbals

As the rain comes down outside, Yeasayer seem to be the most appropriate accompaniment. From the explosive and joyous opening track, Sunrise, to the hypnotic chanting finale, (Red Cave), this album is an incredibly enjoyable journey. The music on All Hours Cymbals bursts to life, causing the dark clouds to flee to somewhere else - at least for the next forty-seven minutes.

Most of what makes Yeasayer so damn enjoyable is their continual aim to drown the listener in layers upon layers of sound. This technique, also effectively applied by Spencer Krug with his Sunset Rubdown work, not only breaths life into each song but also ensures repeat listens, upon the desire of discovering something previously missed.

Yeasayer's musical strength exists in their delicate fusion of obvious Middle Eastern influences and thick slabs of overpowering harmonies. The resulting sound is beautifully psychotic and completely engaging. The occasional dark edges to their sound, such as the haunting Wait For The Wintertime, which sees the trademark choir of voices morph into a more forceful presence, are contrasted by the lighter side, such as with 2080, which explodes with optimism and hope. For the most part this is how the album chooses to play, sticking it's head out into the warmth of the sunshine, but still happy to stay partly in the colder shadows.

The fact that it's impossible to pinpoint the sound of this album is also a true recognition of not only it's originality but also it's expressive nature. The experience of each song can change from day to day, with elements considered positive and uplifting on one occasion revealing feelings of vulnerability and fragility on another.

As the final song of All Hours Cymbals trails away into the distance the temptation of pressing repeat is far too strong to fight. After all, it would be nice to keep those menacing dark clouds away for just a little while longer.

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Comments

flukazoid

Great review Jonny

This album is complete win, from start to finish. What a incredible debut to lob out there from out of nowhere...

1 decade ago

monachilada

Dude, seriously one of the best pieces of writing i've ever seen from you.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

yeh ... cheers fellas
10pm .. paste in review i have been working on for about 2 weeks
11:45pm - finish massaging review to make sense

what an album though ay..

1 decade ago

Sean

still haven't heard this one.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

get on it sean .. think you would like

1 decade ago

Wayne

I need to go back and listen to this album again.
I remember liking the second half more
then the first half. Some of the early songs
I thought were a bit poppy, but I liked the ones
from No Need to Worry onwards.

Still, an original and interesting piece of music.

1 decade ago

Sean

nothing wrong with poppy!

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

how good is the track 'Poppy' by TV On The Radio from the 'Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes' album ?
jesus that's a killer track... heavy guitar riff .. whaling vocals.. whoa.. gets me every time..

1 decade ago

flukazoid

hey, I picked up the Wait for the Summer 7" at Red Eye today... has a new recording of the a-side and a new b-side... it sounds great. well worth getting a hold of...

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

ah .. awesome.. might head down today and see if i can get a copy too..

1 decade ago

Aaaaaaaaaron

This album is brilliant. I just saw them on 'Late Night with Conan O'brien' and they were really good as well.

1 decade ago

flukazoid

Guys, check this out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okxAi06PTAU

I've heard many live versions of this track and this still kicked me in the guts and had my jaw dropped for nearly the entire duration of the clip.

I absolutely can not wait for these guys to come to australia.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

that's insane... they cover every detail ... brilliant

start the petition Joe.. let's get them out here. ..

1 decade ago

Kasee Lara

Bloody hell.

Are there any rumours about a possible tour?

1 decade ago

flukazoid

No rumours - yet

Everybody, get on this:
http://joe.hardy.id.au/Yeasayer/

Just for you, Jonny

1 decade ago

monachilada

that video is kinda amazing.
nice petition also joe... dig the layout. signed as.

1 decade ago

monachilada

and the POA crew is on board: http://polaroidsofandroids.com/news/645/bring-yeasayer-to-australia.htm

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

lovely work Joe.. i like that throwing ideas at you gets immediate results..

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

word is.. they are COMING HERE IN SEPTEMBER!

1 decade ago

quack

Revisited this album again after hearing so many people rave about it...

I'm still unconvinced. My attention (admittedly short) kind of wanes alot. I need to listen to it more still, but my general feeling is that there's not enough hooks, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I don't find the music interesting enough in itself to make me really enjoy it.

Will go and see them when/if they tour, apparently good live.

1 decade ago

flukazoid

confirmed word is that they are "planning a trip in October" (from Yeasayer's management)

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

YESSSSAHH

1 decade ago

Kasee Lara

My faith in petitions has been restored. :D

Brilliant news.

1 decade ago

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