Yeasayer Fragrant World (2012)

Yeasayer — Fragrant World (2012)

Yeasayer  Fragrant World
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Album release: August 20 in Europe, 21 in the U.S., 2012
Record Label: Secretly Canadian / Mute (Europe)
Duration:     48:29
01. Fingers Never Bleed     4:30
02. Longevity     3:10
03. Blue Paper     5:07
04. Henrietta     4:40
05. Devil and the Deed     3:36
06. No Bones     3:09
07. Reagan’s Skeleton     5:05
08. Demon Road     4:12
09. Damaged Goods     4:58
10. Folk Hero Shtick     4:38
11. Glass of the Microscope     5:25
Chris Keating - Lead vocals, keyboards
Ira Wolf Tuton - Bass guitar, voice
Anand Wilder - Lead guitar, voice
Jason Trammell
Ahmed Gallab
Past members: Luke Fasano
Yöshi Sodeöka:
Yeasayer's third album, Fragrant World, is a hulking beast of a record. Keyboards clank and wheeze, tiny claps stumble against busted drum machines, and there's very little obvious guitar. It's an album that grapples with the schizophrenia of the modern world by gathering piles of electronics and molding them into something huge and often gorgeous.
Yeasayer are set to unveil their new album, Fragrant World, this week via global scavenger hunt.
"We have received message that we are on the verge of embargoed information being leaked through the cracks of the digital universe. Once again an attempt to tell the story before our mouths can spit. In order to have the edge we have created PSCYVOTV standing for PREEMPTIVE SELF-COMMISSIONED YEASAYER VORSTELLUNG or TRACK VISUALIZER.
"Using the talents of Yöshi Sodeöka we have created a moving visual for every song on our new album FRAGRANT WORLD and have hidden them all over the internet. The visuals will live on the web until Friday at 8pm EST. You’ll have a few days to find, listen, and most importantly, hear the album from our hands first. At 8pm sharp PSCYVOTV will be removed." (
----------------------------------------------------------------Yeasayer ©   Here's one way for artists to combat album leaks: do the leaking yourself. And be weird about it.
Yeasayer, an acclaimed Brooklyn-based band, has already hit the indie big time with their two previous albums, 2007's All Hour Cymbals and 2010's Odd Blood, and now they're planning to release tracks off Fragrant World, their newest album, through the magic of an internet scavenger hunt.
"We have received a message that we are on the verge of embargoed information being leaked through the cracks of the digital universe," a cryptic statement on their website reads. "Once again an attempt to tell the story before our mouths can spit."
Artists have increasingly been pushing release dates forward to avoid blowback from inevitable album leaks, and many have just up and caved to the piracy pressure, like Frank Ocean, who not only moved up his release date but also decided to stream his entire album, Channel Orange, on his Tumblr page. Radiohead has also done away with the standard "waiting" period and simply released albums when they damn well feel like it.
Still, this move by Yeasayer seems like a creative way to flick off/hold hands with piraters, while also acknowledging they exist.
According to the band's official statement, they have created a "moving visual" for each Fragrant World track, with the help of punk rocker turned artist Yoshi Sodeoka. It's the public's job to find the tracks "hidden" on the internet, with the help of tweets and other online clues.
Their first single off the album, "Henrietta," was previously released, and on Wednesday morning they debuted "Blue Paper" on Wired. ( The Radar cover
All Hour Cymbals (2007)
Odd Blood (2010) #63 US, #64 UK, #66 AUS
Fragrant World (August 20, 2012)
"Sunrise / 2080" (2007)
"Wait for the Summer" (2007)
"Ambling Alp" (2009)
"O.N.E." (2010) #190 UK
"Madder Red" (2010)
"I Remember" (2011)
"Longevity" (2012)
"Henrietta" (2012)
"End Blood" (2011) - Record Store Day release
Live Albums:
"Live at Ancienne Belgique (2010)"
Dark Was the Night (2009) – "Tightrope"
Other appearances:
Yeasayer part-produced Bat for Lashes' 2009 album Two Suns.
Chris Keating sang on "Audacity of Huge", the first single from Simian Mobile Disco's 2009 album Temporary Pleasure.
Yeasayer's single "O.N.E" appeared on the soundtrack of FIFA 11.
In 2010, the band did a remix for Florence and the Machine's hit single "Dog Days Are Over" which was released on October 12, via iTunes.Yeasayer — Fragrant World (2012)Yeasayer in by Photo of YeasayerYeasayer  IRA WOLF TUTON; Interview: Mashing classic R&B with the sonic textures and aesthetics of modern electronic dance music, Brooklyn’s Yeasayer might best be described as party music for the new millennium. On bass, Ira Wolf Tuton playfully blurs the line between tradition and innovation, creatively re-imagining the role of conventional electric bass by crafting lines that combine pickstyle growl with swirling fretless melodicism.
How did you come to focus on the fretless?
My dad is an upright player, and he had a fretless Fender Precision in the house. That’s the instrument I played when I started playing electric. I liked how you could be a little more expressive with it; I feel like you can add more personality to a line with a fretless. Now I tend to run my fretless through effects, creating tones that sound more like melodic instruments, rather than conventional bass.
What effects do you use?
Live, I mostly use an Electro-Harmonix HOG [Harmonic Octave Generator]. On the new record we also used Moog Freqboxes and Low Pass Filters. I even used a DigiTech vocal pedal for one song.
 Who are some bass players who have inspired you?
I’ve always enjoyed bass players who sit well with their respective bands—Paul Chambers, Paul Jackson, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, and James Jamerson. By basically ripping off these guys, you can become a pretty good bass player.
How do you view your role as the bass player in Yeasayer?
I don’t want to hear individual performances in our music; I want to hear a unified whole. I want to hear something that collectively hits me in the chest. I get excited when our arrangements work out, and I like getting tones where you don’t necessarily know where they come from. In a perfect world, I would like to think of myself as a musician more than as a bass player; it’s just that I have more facility on the bass than on any other instrument to express the ideas in my end. So that’s my tool. — Devin Hoff
Basses Fretless G&L ASAT Bass Semi- Hollow; Fender Precision Bass
Rig Two Gallien-Krueger 800RB heads, Mesa Engineering 2x15 cab; Ampeg B-15
Effects Keeley compressor, Electro-Harmonix HOG, Moog MF-107 FreqBox, Moog MF-101 Low Pass Filter
Keyboard rig Roland rack mount, Ampeg 1x15 combo
Fortaken: http://www.bassplayer.comYeasayer, Chris Keating; © Noel Vasquez, Getty Images Yeasayer, Chris Keating; © Noel Vasquez, Getty Images

Interview: Yeasayer's Chris Keating

Rob Trucks; By Village Voice contributor Fri., Dec. 5 2008 at 1:00 PM
"Some people think we're like a prog band or something and I'm like, 'No, we've always been making pop music.'"
After fourteen months and countless miles of touring in support of their All Hour Cymbals debut, Brooklyn's Yeasayer, a pop band oft-accused of being a prog band, will start a sabbatical long overdue following two sold-out shows this Friday and Saturday at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
We talked to co-founder Chris Keating about what he's experienced on his year plus journey, and how it might result in shorter songs and a slightly less apocalyptic sound for his band's next album. -- Rob Trucks
Let me ask you a couple of short answer questions first to get us started. Tell me one thing that you've never ever done before in your life.
Well, I'd have to say, Go to church.
Well, not really. You know, I'm half-Jewish and half-Catholic and I kind of just avoided the whole thing. I feel like that might not be true because I think I maybe went on a Christmas once to check out some singing. I've been in church. I've been in church for a lot of different kind of musical events, but I've never kind of gone on a Sunday morning in a traditional way.
Okay. Tell me something you've done once and one time only.
Gotten a tattoo.
Then you've got to tell me what the tattoo is and where it's located.
It's on my forearm, and it's a Maryland blue crab. I kind of just wanted one to remind me of home because I grew up in Baltimore, kind of on the Chesapeake Bay, and we ate crabs growing up and the supply in the Chesapeake Bay has kind of been slowly diminished and I just felt like . . . Actually I had an ex-girlfriend who did tattoos and when we broke up she said she'd give me one as a kind of a memento to remember her by.
That's a good story. Have you ever regretted it?
No, no, no. I sort of feel like you're supposed to . . . Like, they're stupid. Tattoos are really dumb. So like I went into it with the idea of it as something that you're kind of supposed to not regret, but supposed to think is kind of silly, you know.
All right. Tell me the name of a book you've read at least twice.
A book I've read at least twice would probably be Herzog on Herzog, Werner Herzog's autobiography. You know, they do those directors series. It's not really an autobiography but it's kind of like a series of interviews that's part autobiography. I've read that a number of times.
And that's a good lead-in to the last of the short answers: tell me the name of a movie that you've seen at least three times.
Short Eyes. I think Robert Young is the director. It's based on the Miguel Pinero play about prisoners in Sing Sing. Basically the movie was put on as a play starring real prisoners. They put it on in prison, before they made the movie. And then when Miguel Pinyo got out, they ended up making a movie of it starring some of the real inmates. And also Curtis Mayfield's in it and Freddy Fender's in it. It's like when I first saw this movie it was just amazing, like kind of brutal realism but also kind of magical realism because they all break down and have a singing number at one point. It's an incredible film.
You're in La Jolla tonight, which is about as far away as you can be from home and still be in the continental U.S.
Yeah, we're really close to Mexico.
And you're done for the year after you play the two shows at the Music Hall.
Yeah, that's it. That's wrap. Basically we finish those two shows, I go down to Brazil for a wedding, and then as soon as the new year starts we're going to start working on a new record for about four months.
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