Clap your hands say yeah – The Tourist


This is the 4th album to be released by Philadelphian band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.  It will be released on 24th February 2017.  The band had previously released Clap your Hands Say Yeah (2005), Some Loud Thunder (2007), Hysterical (2011) and Only Run (2014).  They seem to have undergone a change in personnel since they were formed in 2005 with Alec Ounsworth (vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter) the only remaining member of the former line-up.

They had much acclaim for their earlier work and were named as one of “The 50 Most Important Recordings Of The Decade” by NPR (National Public Radio).  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have received attention from Lauren Laverne, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and SPIN.

They are an Indie Rock band with a unique sound.  They remind me of Fun . or Beach House as this is an album about keeping you guessing what will happen next.

The album starts with The Pilot which has a light and hazy feel.  It almost has a dreamlike quality for me.

A Chance to Cure follows and reminds me slightly of The Guillemots and their album, Through the Windowpane as there are multiple changes of tempo and sound.  The underlying melody is woven with drums and cymbals.  Down (is where I want to be) has a strong drum beat combined with organic, woody guitars that follow into a heavier feel than the first 2 tracks.

Unfolding above celibate moon (los angeles nurs) starts with a guitar sound that remined me of rain falling, with a slow, sometimes out of tempo drum beat.  I found this to be one of the most enjoyable tracks on the album.  Better off is heavier on the drums and bass with shiny, twangy guitar over with breathy vocals.

Fireproof has a pop based feel for me which ripples along.  The vanity of trying has loud and crashing drums that sound as though the sea is breaking on the shore during a storm, the vocals and pace of the song whip round in a frenzy too.

The album continues in this vein and style through the next 4 tracks, there are jangly guitars mixed with rhythmic drums and the raspy, ethereal vocals that do sound winey to me at times.  There are moments of interest but for me these were few.  Unfolding above was the track of the album for me as it provided interest and held my attention.  The rest of the album is trippy in feel, with some darker overtones.

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