Stick It Up

November 3, 2009


Yeasayer took us into the future (to 2080, really) with their remarkable debut album that holds up as well as anything released during the music-lover paradise year of 2007. We’ve seen glimpses of them since, showing up in guest vocals for Simian Mobile Disco’s “Audacity of Huge.” But those of us craving more of that tribal chanting have had to wait until now. And the verdict… slightly disappointing. “Ambling Alp” is the first single from Odd Blood, and it’s very underwhelming. It’s over-produced, hectic, chaotic– sounds like Animal Collective out-takes. When you listen to the instrumental version you’ll understand my concerns.

But leave it to work-at-home musicgician Memory Tapes to spice up the tune. He takes the over-powering and directionless “Ambling Alp” and gives it the sexy bassline it so desperately needs. He transforms it into the smooth, rolling and energetic song that Yeasayer should have made.

Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp (Memory Tapes remix)”

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