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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Because their self-released debut was such an out-of-left-field surprise in 2005, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah seemed to own a distinctive style that couldn't be responsibly traced, despite leader Alec Ounsworth's vocal similarities to David Byrne.

Understandably, theIr second album has none of the same freshness, and producer Dave Fridmann's attempts to bulk up the first album's thin sound with studio effects is rather obvious. CYHSY's charm is its dynamic interplay, an attribute that comes to the fore in the third cut, "Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning," a song whose title, wisp of a melody, and propulsive emotionalism indicate it might have been a leftover from the first record. Nonstop touring conspired last year to prevent Ounsworth and co. from fulfilling their pledge to Fuji, so they owe us one. Expect lots of clapping, lots of people saying, "Yeah, fuck yeah."
RED MARQUEE, 7/29, 8:30 pm

Official site
Japan Times interview
Time Out


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