Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist

by Jim Harris Rating:10 Release Date:

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is a hipster band, a cool delivery that sounds like Radiohead colliding with the Born Ruffians and while there has been a lot of personnel changes The Tourist is a borderline great album.

They made their fame selling their music on the Internet in 2005 and it gained accolades for well, being hip and fashionably influenced by Talking Heads and when you have a weird voice and quirky beats…

The one flaw in The Tourist is the first track, ‘The Pilot’, is a brilliant track and what follows doesn’t quite reach the heights it reaches. That’s ok, though. It happens to the best.

But Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are the real deal. Alec Ounsworth might be the sole survivor primary songwriter but his mix of strong beats and clever mixes make for a strong effort top to bottom.

I have always had the most difficulty with his forlorn throaty wail that punctuates his vocal delivery but my household is often filled with Andrew Bird and the like so I usually get over it.

If you are a fan of hipster coffee shop alternative post punk music at its finest then Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will hit your sweet spot. Tracks like ‘Fireproof’ and ‘Ambulance Chaser’ create a clever hypnotic ambiance that help define what Ounsworth is trying to hit here. And he does it well. For fans of Radiohead, Cass McCombs, and Starbucks.

 

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