Since their 2005 debut, Clap Your Hand Say Yeah has evolved from being a full band into an idea of just one man. After the drummer Sean Greenhalgh left following their 2014 release Only Run, the band was down to just one clapping man. - Lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth. Ounsworth has been the creative center since thevery beginning, and even though he has released music under his own name, he's continued to hold onto the CYHSY brand.
Even though his original band has fallen apart, Ounsworth, with the help of producer, who actually mixed the newest release, David Fridmann (producing acts like Weezer, Neon Indian, and CYHSY's Only Run), has debuted the consistently satisfying record, The Tourist. The record is less like a line up of random experiments but has a compilation of meaningful, compositions. The Tourist starts with ambient, R&B driven elements with tracks like "A Chance To Cure" driving into waves of psychedelic funk, and rap drumbeats, and ends with Eno-esque harmonies with surprising beats that make you pump your fists.
Hoops are the dream-pop band we need but don't deserve.
The Indiana four piece executes eighties-like lo-fi guitars, yet encounters the present fervently. "Rules" is the first single from Hoops' newest album, Routines. The two-minute track breaks every rule in the book. Its upbeat bass lines and brouhaha of drums delivers angst that's merely fascinating.
Routines is out May 5th on Fat Possum. Listen below, and pre-order the LP now on cassette and/or cotton candy vinyl here.
Listen to Rules here: https://hoops.bandcamp.com/album/routines
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