Around the time the last Yeasayer album, Odd Blood, came out in 2010, it seemed like we were all getting set to blast off on a pixelated voyage of chilled-out tom-tom synth drums and African tribal percussion-set to songs like “O.N.E.” and “Ambling Alp.” Remember all those over-sized white suit coats and feathered earrings we were all wearing at the time? But then we came back down to earth, and put our Phil Collinsian daydreams on the shelf for a bit.
It may be time to revisit that whole thing again though, because the Brooklyn band have got another world-music-touched indie record on the way called Fragrant World, due out in August on Secretly Canadian. They’ve just released the first single off the record, “Longevity.” It’s a slowed-down amble through similar mind terrain, but more thoughtful introspection than climbing-the-powder-mountain exuberance. It still retains the band’s skewed sense of rhythm, and knack for pulling out oddball sounds to color in the edges around the melody.