[My Gang] Yeasayer - O.N.E : Reco of the Week 16 March 2010


Mar 16 2010, 19:54

Track: O.N.E (23 March 10)
Artist: Yeasayer
Album: Odd Blood
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Video: Click the pic...

YouTube, official video

I've been in love with this track for such a long time, as has everyone else in Last.fm it seems if the charts are anything to go by. Last week, the new video for the track was released to online music magazines only, subject to regional permissions. Rolling Stone had global rights but their tiny little screen was of no use so I couldn't reco it here. Today, Mute uploaded it to YouTube, at long last. O.N.E is to be released as their new single on 23 March.

Expand the screen when you view. Marvel at the freaky man driving the car! Gasp at the Evil MySpace Background clothes! Admire the high tech electronic instruments!

Freaky Man with the bubbly head goes into a club, doesn't smile at anyone, not that they'd notice anyway because they're all too busy posing. Freaky Man has a go at one of the glass instruments, absorbs the band and finds himself channelling all of them - in his face! - for which he gets thrown out because as we all know, that's just freaky.

I have a lot of time for Yeasayer. I loved their debut album, All Hour Cymbals. I think it was one of the most underrated albums of 2007, eclipsed by bands such as Foals and Vampire Weekend, who were using similar ideas but in a more extreme way. Yeasayer kept things reined in and balanced, creating something gorgeous as well as experimental and challenging.

Cover design: Benjamin Phelan

The new album, Odd Blood, picks up from where they left off, adding new directions and exploring more ideas. O.N.E is The Song Of 2010. O.N.E dominates. None of the other tracks on the album come close, touch it or sound like it. I can't help myself, I have to say it: O.N.E is a one-off. Thank you for indulging me. In decades to come, we are going to love O.N.E the way we love the greats we grew up with. It's got classic track written all over it. Future music nodding to the 80s who in turn nodded to the 60s.

Did I mention I liked it?

For me, O.N.E has overshadowed the rest of the album to such a degree, I have hardly heard the other songs. They play, I think: that's nice, but can't wait to go back to my craving. Take O.N.E out and you have an album that's dividing people. Except for Rome, the world music that marked the debut has gone. Now it's pop, dance, urban, industrial, rock. More specifically, it's 80s synthpop, New Romantics, 90s hip-hop and dance. They have kept the vocals and harmonies that remind me of Fleet Foxes. That's still a varied mix and none of the tracks are straightforward blatant chart fodder. The best song after O.N.E is Madder Red. Inspired by John Lennon - Jealous Guy, the song is "about being a weak man, a gambler". "I'm worth your time", they repeat. I think that's the secret of Odd Blood. You have to get past the big ideas to get to the more subtle ones they've hidden away. Like an album of Easter eggs.

Put your 3D specs on

Whether the album is to your taste or not, what's clear is how clever Yeasayer are. To take outlandish ideas and mould them so they sound everyday is a skill and something to admire. They wouldn't be able to do that if they didn't know what they were doing. They push, stretch, teeter on the edge, yet it all sounds perfectly normal. They are the band Madonna should have gone to before she pulled her last album together. It would have been more successful if she had. It would have been Enya with Bounce.

Further reading:
Drowned In Sound: Track-by-track guide to Odd Blood
Sunday Times album review 4/5


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Admin: Stats as of today:

Last.fm listeners of this track - 8,631 (incorrect version O.N.E. has 40,820)
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 34,257 (217,904)
Position in Last 7 Days: n/a (2 / 8,955)
Position in Last 6 Months: 37 / 880 (29 / 2,085)

Date Added: March 16, 2010
Views: 174, Ratings: 9, Comments: 1, Favourited: -- times
#75 - Top Favorited (Today)) - Music - United Kingdom

Stats after 7 days:

Last.fm listeners of this track - 9,306 (incorrect version O.N.E. has 43,067)
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 38,931 (238,249)
Position in Last 7 Days: n/a (2 / 8,359)
Position in Last 6 Months: 37 / 880 (29 / 2,085)

Views: 4,017, Ratings: 36, Comments: 13, Favourited: 86 times

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  • Orange_Anubis

    I am well into this album too - have heard a lot of people raving about O.N.E but it's not one of my favourites. Not yet, I should say, because different tracks jump out at me every time I listen to it.

    Mar 17 2010, 9:56
  • Babs_05

    There's a lot to pick and choose from. I'm going to just relax and let it unfold slowly in its own good time. It's too good to rush. Thanks for the comment.

    Mar 17 2010, 19:21
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