|IRA WOLF TUTON|
FROM: BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, USA
SOUND: EXPERIMENTAL ROCK/PSYCHEDELIC POP
It’s the kind of album that grows on you the more you listen to it – ‘Fragrant World’ is littered with peculiar offerings, a cacophony of unidentifiable noises from instruments passed through a plethora of filters. But the more you take it in, the more appealing it becomes – it’s a sensory experience that allows you to almost visualise the music. It’s a little apart from their previous work, without any epic offerings like ‘Ambling Alp’ or ‘2080’, and yet not dissimilar enough to alienate fans.
‘Fragrant World’ gives the illusion that it would play spectacularly live – and if you’ve ever had the privilege of seeing Yeasayer in such an environment, you will know what an impressive experience that is. It’s the kind of album that can really be enjoyed as just that – in its entirety, it really is stronger than any of its individual parts.
Should it be picked apart, the highlights are the album’s first single, ‘Henrietta’, and ‘Reagan's Skeleton’, an addictive, bass-driven, dark track with a matter-of-fact attitude.
Fans of Yeasayer will be adequately pleased. Anyone looking for something different will also appreciate the album. If you give it the time it deserves, 'Fragrant World' will reward you with an otherworldly journey through an abundance of genres, from electo-rock to synth-driven R&B.
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