Even though I’d never heard of Yeasayer before, I had to take a listen when I read glowing reviews about Ambling Alp on several different blogs. I’m very glad that I did.
With an interesting blend of electronic and rock, Yeasayer are an experimental band from Brooklyn who claim inspiration from diverse sources like Bollywood soundtracks from the 70s, Mapfumo records, and Celtic music. Sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it’s really not. Ambling Alp has strong lyrics and strong vocals with just the right amount of quirkiness to distinguish Yeasayer from bands like MGMT, who they have in fact toured with.
Ambling Alp is slated to be the first single of their second album Odd Blood, to be released in 2010, and the band is offering a free download on their website.