Yeasayer live at The Social 8/20/07
photo from The Chess Club
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
2080 by Yeasayer from the yet-to-be-released 2007 album, to be made available 10/23 on We Are Free.
The first band on Monitor Records‘ new imprint We Are Free, Yeasayer is heavily influenced by gospel music, employing lots of four-part harmonies, hand claps and even a children’s choir. With all the energy and inventiveness of Arcade Fire combined with the lush noise-rock and harmonies of Grizzly Bear, it’s no wonder this Brooklyn band has caused such a stir with only one official single under their belts. Yeasayer are about to share a bill with KEXP darlings Vampire Weekend 9/8 at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg before hitting the road with Shapes and Sizes. To keep yourself satiated before the album’s release, check out the band’s MySpace page for a download of non-album track
Final Path, as well as the brand new Daytrotter Session here. And you might as well indulge in this performance of
2080, shot two weeks ago in Brixton: