We’re happy to be the bearers of good news: brooklynites Yeasayer will be releasing their fourth album, Amen&Goodbye, on Mute Records this April 1st.
The band has already allowed for us to peek into the world of Amen&Goodbye with "I Am Chemistry", the first song to be shared off their eagerly-awaited forthcoming record. With the participation of legendary folk singer Suzzy Roche, of band The Roches, "I Am Chemistry" is a luminous psychedelic voyage, and proof that Yeasayer’s knack for off-beat pop tunes is alive and well.
To visually accompany the album and create the sleeve art, Yeasayer have collaborated with sculptor David Altmejd, whose work is a major influence on the band. The few teasers already online feature some of the work Altmejd created while listening to the new album, a dream come true for Yeasayer, and the soon-to-be-seen complete work is meant to be fantastic.
The directors at New Team Ltd created the video for "I Am Chemistry" by meshing Altmejd’s visual language and Yeasayer’s abounding soundscapes. And yes, it’s just as weird and wonderful as you’d expect: birth-giving cosmonauts, children’s statues dancing, landscapes punctured with disfigured monuments, poisonous plants, and neon-lit grottoes inhabit this scale- and mind- bending universe.
Amen&Goodbye, the follow-up to Fragrant World (released in 2012), was conceived on tape, forgoing an all-digital approach, at the Outlier Inn studios in upstate New York. Joey Waronker, drummer of Atoms For Peace and Beck amongst others, was then called in to help deconstruct the music and give shape to the final result.
Although fiercely different from its predecessors, Amen&Goodbye gathers Yeasayer’s trademark mix of airy folk vocals and off-the-wall arrangements underlayed with tribal-sounding drums. It could be best described as a collection of strange fables from the Bible of a universe that has yet to be invented.