Yeasayer, Young Magic | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., May 23, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: sold out
For as long as I’ve been listening to Yeasayer my mind has given me reasons why I shouldn’t bother with them—for one, they often remind me of late Genesis or sentimentally fecund 80s synth-pop like Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears. Despite knowing better, however, I’m sucked in by each of the Brooklyn combo’s records, including the new Amen & Goodbye (Mute), their first in four years. The dancing little synth figure at the start of “Silly Me” sends shivers down my spine as I’m visited by the ghost of Kajagoogoo, though by the time the submerged horns and what sounds like slide guitar kick in, I’m all-in too. “Half Asleep” borrows from British folk with results that more suggest a Renaissance faire than Fairport Convention, but Yeasayer’s melodies are hard to resist, even with their weird mix of proggy confection and new-wave mascara.
— Peter Margasak


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