Return of the Next Big Thing: Yeasayer

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Yeasayer was one of the most buzzed bands of 2007, and, as with all much-blogged bands these days, critics also wondered whether they’d just end up another footnote, flavor of the month.  Well, they almost were in 2008.  All Hours Cymbals had a great set of songs, but it wasn’t a great record. Mostly because the mix was muddy, so muddy that they didn’t win me until I saw their Take-Away-Show and became convinced that those tipsy, spoons-on-beers versions of the songs were the best they’d done.

Of course since then we’ve gotten “Tightrope” on the Dark Was the Night comp and an increasingly infectious live show that they’ve been touring up with their new lineup through their festival highlights at Bonnaroo and on Pitchfork on Saturday.  At these shows they’ve played at least three songs from the album–“Ambling Alp”, “Lovely Girl” and another below–and these new songs’ve already been some of my favorites at each show. They seem to have further centralized the vocals around Chris Keating, brought up the beats and generally recognized that a little less could be a lot more.

So it looks like the next album could represent the realization of that huge potential, but how much do we really know about the release?  Not so much. No title, no tracklisting, no release date.* They went to Woodstock to start recording way back in January, but the most we really know comes from an update on their Last.fm two weeks ago: “expect flash bangs in October followed up by a bigger explosion in January 2010.” So singles, leak or EP October, LP January? Mark your calendars.

*Note: Today they announced that the record will be coming out January 19.

Yeasayer – Tightrope
Yeasayer – 2080

Disclaimer: These songs are up for listening purposes only for a short time. If you’re an artist or label who wants the song taken down, please write me.

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