Yellow Ostrich - Cosmos 2014-FNT

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MUSiC, Album. February 22, 2014 by Anonymous.

Second record from this very fun and catchy indie band with a touch of psychedlia. Their 2012 record was brilliant lyrically and musically, and so far this sounds really damn good too.

Yellow Ostrich - Cosmos [2014] [Album]
Barsuk Records / CD
MP3 / V0 (VBR) / Scene

Definitely worth buying next week. Lame that it has the same title as the classic Zombi record though haha.

The follow-up to Yellow Ostrich's 2012 EP Ghost, Cosmos merges raw guitar riffs, lush atmospherics, brain-bending electro effects, sweetly ethereal harmonies, and earnest but unsettling lyrics. Engineered by Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Superchunk, Sparklehorse) and mixed by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr.), the album saw its inception when singer/guitarist Alex Schaaf sketched out skeletal versions of his songs, then brought them to drummer/percussionist Michael Tapper to begin fleshing out beats and arrangements. Having delved into the work of early-Krautrock and 70's synth bands while on tour the previous year, Schaaf and Tapper set to broadening their sound with locked grooves and textures inspired by artists like Neu!, Kluster, and Kraftwerk. Throughout the album, Schaaf's fascination with Earth and beyond plays out both literally and as metaphor: there are songs like "In the Dark" (a stark and dreamlike meditation on the journey of NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts), as well as "Shades" (whose urgent guitar lines and frantic piano reflect the anxiety that Schaaf imagines many people felt upon seeing the first published photos of Earth and "realizing how small and insignificant we really are"). Although that fascination bears an undercurrent of lonely melancholy, Cosmos also achieves its own strange brand of bliss on songs like "How Do You Do It" (a joyfully woozy track whose bombastic chorus serves as a diatribe against self-delusion).

1.Terrors
2.Neon Fists
3.Shades
4.My Moons
5.You Are The Stars
6.In The Dark
7.Any Wonder
8.How Do You Do It
9.Things Are Fallin'
10.Don't Be Afraid

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