Yeasayer's third album, Fragrant World, is a hulking beast of a record. Keyboards clank and wheeze, tiny claps stumble against busted drum machines, and there's very little obvious guitar. It's an album that grapples with the schizophrenia of the modern world by gathering piles of electronics and molding them into something huge and often gorgeous.
After touring endlessly in support of 2010's Odd Blood, Chris Keating, Ira Wolf-Tuton and Anand Wilder holed up in Gary's Electric Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to record Fragrant World, working away as the borough transitioned from fall to winter. While Odd Blood played with electronic textures and future paranoia, Fragrant World fully immerses itself in those themes, virtually dripping with worry, love, and concern for the planet we live on.
Yeasayer are currently on tour, zipping around North America to bring you the awesome experience that is their live show. Have you heard about or seen their new Creators Project-designed crystalline light and stage environment? It’s pretty spectacular. Paste caught them with the new set-up while they were in Chicago; check out the photos HERE. Tour dates and ticket links HERE.