Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – s/t

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – s/t

If hype has ever helped a band achieve success, I’d be surprised. Consider the number of bands each year that have been slated to be the next big act: any sort of attention begins to have a negative effect after a while. Then, consider the hype surrounding Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. After selling out the original pressing of their debut album without a record label, as well as making fans out of David Bowie and David Byrne, CYHSY went on tour, performing as an opening act for The National. Early reports suggest that many audience members are going solely to see CYHSY and leaving before the National take stage.

Yet part of the beauty of their debut album is that it is made with almost no pretense whatsoever. The album, recorded prior to any of the major press that they have received, contains some of the most honest, and humble music ever recorded. The humility found in singer Alec Ounsworth’s quaking voice in “Details of the War,” and throughout the album is at once both irritating and alluring. At the same time the backing musicians have an ability to showcase to Ounsworth vocals, while not being overshadowed themselves.

“Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away,” bridges the gap between early-era Radiohead and Talking Heads. Perhaps what makes the album so enjoyable is its ability to combine a multitude of influences without trying to duplicate, but rather to celebrate them in a cacophonous mix of pop music. — Zak

SCORE: 3.50 stars

Recommended If You Like: Talking Heads, Wolf Parade, The Futureheads

  • Dan

    It’s a terrific album, one of the best I’ve heard this year. I’m glad they’re getting the attention they deserve.