This Brooklyn quartet's full-length debut is unlike any other indie release this decade — at least in this galaxy. Taking cues from Peter Gabriel's early ethno-avant work and the sly, proto-post-rock of Talk Talk, the sublime songs on All Hour Cymbals meld Third World sonic textures with post-punk timbres. What really sets it apart, though, are the ascendant vocal harmonies of Chris Keating (keyboards) and Anand Wilder (guitar), childhood friends who reportedly honed their chops in a barbershop quartet. Their unconventionally conventional background is apparent not only in the album's stunning vocals, but also the band's uncanny arranging abilities — it's not easy to make such a sprawling cornucopia of styles hold together with such graceful concision. “Sunrise,” the opener, starts off with a clarion chorus befitting the song's title, setting the stage for a near-psychedelic voyage that encompasses subtle pop songcraft (“2080″), catchy, melodic prog-rock (“Forgiveness”) and cinematic, otherworldly soundscapes (“Germs”).
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By Marc Hogan on 11.07.14 in News
Yellow Ostrich are about to come full circle. The Brooklyn band (and alum of our sister site's eMusic Selects program) announced today it will play its last show on December 8 at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery. The Alex S...