Colossal Yes: 'Smoldering Steeps'

  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Colossal Yes 300 i

Utrillo Kushner, the driving force behind Colossal Yes Courtesy of Artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Artist
Colossal Yes 300

Utrillo Kushner, the driving force behind Colossal Yes

Courtesy of Artist

Utrillo Kushner is best known as the drummer for the neo-psychedelic rock band Comets On Fire, but he also heads up a different musical project: Colossal Yes. The band, based out of Oakland, Calif., features Kushner trading in the drums for the piano. It might seem like an odd move, but the transition is smooth for Kushner, who says he's played piano for roughly a decade now.

On its second LP, Charlemagne's Big Thaw, Colossal Yes continues its retro-tinged, indie pop trajectory, carefully honing its tracks to fit into a more conventional three or four minute time frame, a change from the band's first LP, Acapulco Roughs. Though Colossal Yes has less of a psychedelic slant than Comets On Fire, it, too is rooted in the past, hearkening back to the days when a catchy piano melody took center stage instead of being overshadowed by guitar solos or ambient droning.

Download this song in the Second Stage podcast.

Yesterday's Second Stage artist.

Submit Your Music

Email host Robin Hilton.

Purchase Featured Music

Charlemagne's Big Thaw

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

Charlemagne's Big Thaw
Colossal Yes

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?




Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from