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All Hour Cymbals

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Wait For The Summer
Ah, Weir
No Need To Worry
Wait For The Wintertime
Red Cave
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 46:34

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J. Niimi


Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbals
Label: We Are Free / SC Distribution

This Brooklyn quartet's full-length debut is unlike any other indie release this decade — at least in this galaxy. Taking cues from Peter Gabriel's early ethno-avant work and the sly, proto-post-rock of Talk Talk, the sublime songs on All Hour Cymbals meld Third World sonic textures with post-punk timbres. What really sets it apart, though, are the ascendant vocal harmonies of Chris Keating (keyboards) and Anand Wilder (guitar), childhood friends who reportedly honed their chops… read more »

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Enough, already


i gave this band too many tries. i have no idea what they are trying to do and that video with the deformed ball is the goddamn stupidest thing ever. i hope one day to be grooving to a song, and say, oh, who's this? and someone will say Yeasayer, and I will be stunned. But I honestly never expect that to happen. Oh well. They don't need my love.

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What a great album. More experimental than their newer, but just as much fun. Yeasayer is definitely one of the better members of this so good brooklin scene.

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Best album I've heard in a long time


This album changes it all. This album is a great example of how amazingly wonderful music can be. It possess the depth and harmoniousness of albums from long ago but with a fresh new compositions of masterful moments. I NEED MORE OF THESE GUYS.

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one of the best of 2007


A combination of world music, psych pop and current alternative sounds. Brilliant album and a must have if you like combinations like the above ;)

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This is such an amazing CD. Listen up, it will so grow on you. So many dimensions and ear candy. Addicted to this sound and enlightened by it.

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I can never really describe this accurately to people, but they have a world-prog-folk-indie thing going. And even that isn't right. If you like beautiful harmonies with spooky vibes that rock in an international kind of way, you'll like this. Well, just try it!

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one of my recent favorites.


I loved their contribution to the 'dark was the night' compilation. their full-length does not disappoint. 2080 is a beautiful song. Great harmonies.

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Crazy as in good


This album has a strangeness to it, but it keeps you coming back for more. After a while you will be looking forward the songs to come up again during shuffle. They remind me of Talking Heads on acid.

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Love it


One of my best eMusic discoveries.

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Great Debut


Stunning debut that is hard to pin down to one music genre. Expect great things out of this band in the future.

eMusic Features


Interview: Yeasayer

By Kevin O'Donnell, Contributor

Since their 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals, Brooklyn's Yeasayer have been making some of the most interesting and challenging art-rock of the past few years. Their records fuse hip-hop and Afropop to ambient noise and indie-rock, and their tunes are stuffed with compelling lyrical ideas. 2010's Odd Blood, for instance, was partially inspired by Ray Kurzweil's dystopian theory of the Singularity. (Google it.) If there were ever a band more suited to DJ'ing an end-of-days… more »


Interview: Yeasayer

By Elisa Bray, Contributor

"We're never scared of changing. We're more fearful of repeating ourselves," says Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, by way of shedding light on the band's shift from the poppier sound of their last album, Odd Blood to the more textured music found on their new album, Fragrant World. "We wanted to indulge our more experimental side". The Brooklyn group inventively dubbed their own music "Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel" and, accordingly, "experimental" is a word that often crops up in our… more »


Who Are…Gauntlet Hair

By Arye Dworken, Contributor

Walk into any barbershop and ask for the Gauntlet Hair, and there's a good chance they'll have no idea what you're talking about. That's because Andy R. and Craig Nice coined the term as teenagers — it comes from a private joke inspired by an old picture of the guitar legend Johnny Winter. (By the way, if your barber does accept the challenge, the duo insists that the outcome should look a lot like a… more »


eMusic Selects: Deastro

By Todd Burns, Contributor

No offense to eMusic's previous Selects artists, but I get the sense that the only one of the bunch that could become a genuine pop star is one Randolph Chabot. Under the name Deastro, Chabot writes the sort of pop songs that make you swoon - and then wraps them in a hyper-colored gloss of synthesizer sturm und drang. M83 is a reference point for Keeper's, his eMusic Selects release, but it's not quite accurate:… more »

They Say All Music Guide

With its mixture of world music rhythms, western pop structures, and ethnic weirdness, Yeasayer’s debut finds a home somewhere between the trendy bars of Brooklyn and the villages of developing countries. On paper, the album looks like an all-out mess, a jumbled pile of sitars, synths, bongos, sequencers, fretless bass, choir harmonies, and whatever else Yeasayer deems necessary to conjure up the globetrotting images that fuel these 11 tracks. But All Hour Cymbals rarely strains under its own weight, even when it mixes Beach Boys harmonies with minimalist art rock (“No Need to Worry”) or steel drums with sludgy, Sabbath-styled metal (“Wait for the Wintertime”).
New York City has hosted its share of experimental bands in the early 21st century, from TV on the Radio to Animal Collective to the otherworldly experiments of Grizzly Bear. Still, Yeasayer’s appeal is not that they’re otherworldly, but are instead entirely grounded in this world. Rarely does a debut album sound so geographic, so well-traveled — even if the journey through All Hour Cymbals feels slightly odd, as if the bandmates constructed some Paleozoic musical map in their heads where the landmasses of Africa and America had been pushed together, blending the disparate traditions and instruments from both continents. Sequencers figure prominently in some songs, but they’re trumped by the clannish, tribal sounds that bring Yeasayer back to earth: the polyphonic percussion, the chant-like melodies, the Middle Eastern influences. Throughout it all, the band remains rooted in pop music, and songs like “2080″ (which was tossed around the Internet in early 2007, bouncing from blog to blog in a game of hipster hot-potato) have instantly memorable hooks and gorgeous, airy harmonies.
The real treat is when those styles collide — the western and the Middle Eastern, the urban and the native — as they do on “Wait for the Summer,” where guitarist/vocalist Anand Wilder echoes the anticipation of many an American grade-schooler (“Wait for summer, we’ll sleep when we wanna”) over a bed of sitars and vaguely foreign scales. Who cares if it’s often hard to hear what Wilder is saying? His melodies are mumbled, harmonized, repeated, and hidden under piles of instruments, so they may as well be delivered in some indigenous language by the time all is said and done. “Wait for the Summer” consequently comes across as ritualistic, something with which to praise the sun or awaken the rain gods, but it also serves as a bizarre “School’s out!” anthem for the indie crowd. Could Yeasayer be indie rock’s answer to the absence of adventurous worldbeat figures like David Byrne and Peter Gabriel? It’s too early to tell, but All Hour Cymbals is a mature, cohesive, and highly recommended debut. – Andrew Leahey

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