ANAND WILDER of YEASAYER – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with ANAND WILDER of YEASAYER

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“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today it’s a singer, guitarist and pop polymath from Brooklyn band Yeasayer who are set to release their fourth, hopefully not prophetic album “Amen & Goodbye” this Friday. Last year he penned and produced an album called “Break Line” with his cohort Maxwell Cardon that was an imagined musical based around a coal-infused labour dispute. Now he’s turning coal into diamonds with inestimable ease as his band take world rhythms, the spirit of Mac (Fleetwood) and the tech of Mac (Apple) and make an oddly fragrant but beautifully compelling new album full of high drama, theatrical camp and future pop shox. If it’s as timeless as their great “Odd Blood”, my iPod’s about to take a battering. Coming at’cha with a “song for ewe” that nods to an unusual collaboration on the new album, he’s reinvented his band and sound more than Dr. Who has regenerated, it’s Anand Wilder!

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I was chuffed Anand agreed to do a “song for ewe”. I’d really enjoyed interviewing him a couple of years back nearly, where he chose his favourite 13 records for The Quietus’ Baker’s Dozen feature. He went for a musical flavour in the theme of “Break Line” but in amongst the album there were also some brilliantly underrated pop bangers like “Self Control” by Laura Brannigan (great video), quirk aplenty like “Short People” by Randy Newman, and the plain nostlagia-fest of splat guns and prohibition school plays in “Bugsy Malone”. It’s fair to say that Anand is a student of music.

He gave me some insight about the recording of his new record at the time…

YEASAYER – exclusive interview with ANAND WILDER on upcoming album

but what he didn’t let on (as he possibly didn’t know at the time too) was that he’d help resurrect an old folk hero to sing some lush harmonies on the new Yeasayer record, and it’s with that in mind, that, it’s…over to Anand…!

“When I tell people we got Suzzy Roche of the Roches to sing on our record, there are usually only two responses- either “Never heard of them,” or “I love the Hammond Song!” (Actually that’s not true, one friend did turn me on to their great 1985 album Another World, but for the most part, the response is binary.) They’re such a quirky band, with so many different styles, but I’m a sucker for emotional love songs, so I wanted to highlight Losing True as my Song for Ewe.
It’s a simple pretty song with these viscerally appealing sustained notes and moving harmonies, and I love the way they rhythmically break up the word syllables during the verses.
And when that Frippertronics guitar comes in you just break down.  On the album, Keep on Doing, the song follows their version of the Hallelujah Chorus, so this ‘love is fading’ theme of Losing True can’t help but feel like a melancholy hangover, back to real human feelings of longing and loss, after Handel’s delusional religious bombast.”

THANKYOU ANAND, CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEW RECORD. OUT THIS FRIDAY 1ST APRIL (THE ROCHES CONNECTION IS NOT AN APRIL FOOL’S JOKE)

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Author: Nick Hutchings

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