Meeting up with psych-pop musicians Yeasayer at FYF Fest necessitates crossing over into a world of propositions: photographs shot through crystal (yes) and photographs featuring Polaroids of their heads (yes) and photographs of the boys with feather eyelashes (no time). We’ve seen ample justification for these free-spirited proposals: Yeasayer’s “Madder Red” video, for instance, stars a beautiful girl caring for a beige hairy blob-pet bleeding from its eye-like orifices, and the band is energized from an August 21st release of their third LP, Fragrant World. It seems for Yeasayer that the limiting factor is time. We caught a few words during a frenzied photoshoot with singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Keating.
Your recent third album, Fragrant World—what changed with this recording? Is anything conceptually different from the first two albums?
The third one is a little more morbid, extending upon some ideas of the transference of humanity into an abstraction. So, conceptually, we start off with a song, “Henrietta,” which is about an individual pretty much turning into a science experiment, and then a lot of songs were inspired by that kind of tone. And using a lot of samplers and new sampling technology and interesting vocal processing technology, which we just thought provided an interesting context for that kind of lack of humanity conceptually in the songs.
The fomenting of the LA music scene—do you see that?
Yeah, yeah definitely. It’s hard to tell though, because playing here is always awesome.