Song of the Day: Yeasayer – 2080

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. Today’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.

Yeasayer – 2080 (MP3)

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:

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One Comment

  1. Posted August 31, 2008 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    Just heard the Live KEXP version of 2080 and it’s even better!

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