Fear of the Future, and a Futuristic Sound

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "2080"
  • Artist: Yeasayer
  • CD: All Hour Cymbals
  • Genre: Indie-Rock
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hide captionThe song "2080" nicely demonstrates the way Yeasayer bends genres and styles to its will.

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A highlight of Yeasayer's All Hour Cymbals, "2080" begins softly, as chimes jangle and a drum bangs softly in the distance. The guitar and bass begin strumming in the background seconds later, heralding the arrival of Chris Keating's voice, which proclaims, "I can't sleep when I think about the future I was born into," before conceding later, "but with no Berlin Wall, what the hell you gonna do?"

Nearly three minutes into "2080," when it becomes a kind of Peter Gabriel-esque blending of vocal harmonies and melodies, the song evolves into something altogether spiritual and transcendent. All Hour Cymbals frequently shifts from disco to soft rock to choral chants, and "2080" nicely demonstrates the way Yeasayer bends genres and styles to its will.

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