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The music of Brooklyn's Yeasayer is an eclectic, genre-bending journey into pop, rock, Middle Eastern and African musics, folk, and dub. Vocalist/keyboardist Chris Keating and vocalist/guitarist Anand Wilder were both raised in Baltimore, where they honed their vocal skills in a barbershop quartet and played in a high-school band, Sic Transit, before leaving town to attend different colleges. Years later, the two relocated to New York and began shaping the project that would soon become Yeasayer. Wilder's cousin, Ira Wolf Tuton, joined as the group's bassist, and drummer Luke Fasano was the last member to climb aboard in May 2006. The band set to work on recording its debut album, All Hour Cymbals, which was unveiled to much critical acclaim (not to mention a healthy blogosphere buzz) in October 2007. International tour dates and festival appearances followed, during which the band honed its blend of live instrumentation and prerecorded samples. When it came time to record a second album, Yeasayer traveled to Woodstock, New York, and rented out the country home of percussionist Jerry Marotta. With guests including Marotta taking over for Fasano on drums, the resulting Odd Blood appeared in early 2010 and showcased a different side of the band, with synthetic sounds and dance-inspired production playing a much larger role. Odd Blood proved even more successful than its predecessor in terms of album sales, and Yeasayer continued to tour internationally. In the fall of 2011, work began on the group's third album, Fragrant World. A continuation of the murkier textures of Odd Blood, the album arrived in the summer of 2012 and featured guest appearances from string player Kishi Bashi and NOMO's Elliot Bergman. The live album Good Evening Washington D.C., Live at 9.30 Club appeared late in 2013. The band resurfaced early in 2016 with singles from its fourth long-player, Amen & Goodbye, released that spring. Still offering quirky sound explorations, core members Keating, Wilder, and Tuton were joined on the album by guests including Suzzy Roche of the Roches and guitarist Steve Marion aka Delicate Steve. It also featured production help from Joey Waronker of Atoms for Peace. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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  2.   Ambling Alp
  3.   O.N.E.
  4.   2080
  5.   Sunrise
  6.   Henrietta
  7.   Longevity
  8.   Madder Red
  9.   Wait For the Summer
  10.   Silly Me
  11.   I Am Chemistry
  12.   Loan Shark Blues
  13.   Rome
  14.   Devil and the Deed
  15.   Don't Come Close
  16.   No Need to Worry
  17.   Child Prodigy
  18.   Damaged Goods
  19.   Blue Paper
  20.   Grizelda
  21.   Tightrope
  22.   Waves
  23.   Germs
  24.   Cold Night
  25.   Uma
  26.   Divine Simulacrum
  27.   Computer Canticle 1
  28.   Prophecy Gun
  29.   Daughters of Cain
  30.   Good Evening D.C.
  31.   Glass of the Microscope
  32.   Demon Road
  33.   Reagan's Skeleton
  34.   Fingers Never Bleed
  35.   Phoenix Wind
  36.   The Children
  37.   Strange Reunions
  38.   Mondegreen
  39.   Love Me Girl
  40.   I Remember
  41.   Red Cave
  42.   Ah, Weir
  43.   Forgiveness
  44.   Wait for the Wintertime
  45.   Dead Sea Scrolls
  46.   No Bones
  47.   Worms
  48.   Amen & Goodbye
  49.   Swallowing the Decibels
  50.   Folk Hero Schtick
  51.   Gerson's Whistle
  52.   Half Asleep
  53.   Folk Hero Shtick

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