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

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