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Album: All Hour Cymbals
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sunrise More Info... 0:04
2)    Wait for the Summer More Info... 0:05
3)    S080 More Info... 0:05
4)    Germs More Info... 0:03
5)    Ph.Weir More Info... 0:01
6)    No Need to Worry More Info... 0:05
7)    Forgiveness More Info... 0:03
8)    Wait For The Wintertime More Info... 0:05
9)    Worms/ Waves More Info... 0:04
10)    Bonus Track More Info... 0:05
11)    Bonus Track More Info... 0:05
 

Album: All Hour Cymbals
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sunrise More Info... 0:04
2)    Wait for the Summer More Info... 0:05
3)    S080 More Info... 0:05
4)    Germs More Info... 0:03
5)    Ph.Weir More Info... 0:01
6)    No Need to Worry More Info... 0:05
7)    Forgiveness More Info... 0:03
8)    Wait For The Wintertime More Info... 0:05
9)    Worms/ Waves More Info... 0:04
10)    Bonus Track More Info... 0:05
11)    Bonus Track More Info... 0:05
 
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  • Yeasayer: Luke Pasano, Ira Wolf Tuton, Chris Keating , Anand Wilder.
  • Additional personnel: Ben P, Anton S, The Mystic Gaeltacht Singers, Suckers (vocals); Pan (trumpet); David A. Miller (trombone, tuba); Louey Simon.
  • If most recent indie music is suggestive of a stylistic revisionism from the very recent past, Brooklyn outfit Yeasayer stretches far and wide to vast musical vistas--combining various pre-modern and pan-ethnic traditions into their own volatile brand of psychedelia. ALL HOUR CYMBALS, the band's debut release, hints at the spiritual possibilities of ritual music. Gospel-inflected chorales, chants, and whirling drones meld into powerful multi-part harmonies. But rather than succumb to cheap ethnocentric tropes, Yeasayer imparts a highly personalized aesthetic and symbology to their sonic omniverse.
  • A sense of existential dread and apprehension toward the hereafter characterizes vocalist Chris Keating's lyrics. On the Celtic-folk dub number "2080," Keating confesses, "I can't sleep when I think about the future I was born into." While interlocking polyrhythms and modal guitar create a dreamy tapestry of hazy psych-folk atmosphere, the chorus billows into a furious communal chant. But the album's luminous spiritualism is best represented on the opening track, "Sunrise." Tumbling tribal percussion and ominous organ drones create an unsettling atmosphere that eventually gives way to a transcendent, gospel-inflected vocal part. Reveling in music's transformative, cathartic power, Yeasayer have crafted a bold, astonishingly original take on anthemic rock.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.128) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Their] peculiar, positivity-powered debut creates order from a mess of chants, tambourines, freak folk, and spacey atmospherics....Near nonsense rarely feels this rich..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.76) - "[A] stellar debut....Sludgy metal textures, barbershop gospel, and liberal doses of electronic psych-rock mania..." -- Grade: A-

Uncut (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "What's most appealing about Yeasayer is their ability to infuse their music with the same kind of enthusiasm that you imagine informs their outlook on life."

CMJ - "It spans genres to develop a uniqueness missing in almost all modern music, with a simple pop quality throughout..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.67) - Ranked #29 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[A] sumptuous debut....Virtuoso art-pop..."
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