There are few finer things than a memory rediscovered, especially when dealing with great music. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had faded from my mind — their 2005 self-titled debut album shook my wee teenage core but I had passed over 2007’s Some Loud Thunder and thought our relationship estranged, if not finished entirely.
But today brings new CYHSY with a surly edge and some Pixie dust. Little Moments is a four-track EP comprised of two halves: “Only Run” and “Little Moments” are works in progress that we’ll see again on their January 2014 LP, while “Heaven” and “Outside” are exclusive to this release.
The band is without bassist Robbie Guertin this time around, and there’s a heavier synth influence as a result. This collection of songs, however, proves there’s no need for alarm. The electronic sound does great things with singer Alec Ounsworth’s already alien vocal stylings, and at the best moments the two weave in and out like two strings of a DNA helix. It’s a new world for Clap, but so far they’re doing just fine. Stream the full EP below, and pay close attention to “Only Run.” It’s the winner. Concert dates for this fall are below the stream.
08—01 Philadelphia, PA — Theatre of Living Arts
09—24 Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
09—26 Cleveland, OH — Beachland w/ Stars
09—27 Detroit, MI — Magic Stick
09—28 Toronto, ONT — Lee’s
09—29 Montreal, ONT — Cabaret Mile-End
10—01 Boston, MA — Middle East
10—02 New York, NY — Bowery Ballroom1
10—05 Washington, DC — 9:30 Club