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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.   Henrietta
  6.   Sunrise
  7.   Longevity
  8.   Wait For the Summer
  9.   Madder Red
  10.   I Am Chemistry
  11.   Silly Me
  12.   Devil and the Deed
  13.   Rome
  14.   Don't Come Close
  15.   Reagan's Skeleton
  16.   No Need to Worry
  17.   Cold Night
  18.   Gerson's Whistle
  19.   Dead Sea Scrolls
  20.   Demon Road
  21.   Forgiveness
  22.   Amen & Goodbye
  23.   Uma
  24.   Child Prodigy
  25.   Computer Canticle 1
  26.   Prophecy Gun
  27.   Half Asleep
  28.   Daughters of Cain
  29.   Good Evening D.C.
  30.   Glass of the Microscope
  31.   Damaged Goods
  32.   Blue Paper
  33.   Fingers Never Bleed
  34.   Swallowing the Decibels
  35.   The Children
  36.   Strange Reunions
  37.   Mondegreen
  38.   I Remember
  39.   Grizelda
  40.   Tightrope
  41.   Red Cave
  42.   Wait for the Wintertime
  43.   Germs
  44.   Divine Simulacrum
  45.   Folk Hero Schtick
  46.   Folk Hero Shtick
  47.   No Bones
  48.   Phoenix Wind
  49.   Love Me Girl
  50.   Waves
  51.   Ah, Weir
  52.   Worms
  53.   Ah. Wier
  54.   Many Waves
  55.   Untitled Track 1
  56.   Fragrant World
  57.   Waiting For the Summer
  58.   Wintertime

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