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Free Bub­bling away un­der the sur­face of Yeasayer’s panoramic de­but is a theme of op­po­sites. Here are a band who sound un­be­liev­ably for­ward-think­ing and yet they’ve built their sound from the bones of the past. They in­habit Eno-era Pink Floyd, the floaty prog of ELO, even el­e­ments of an­cient rhythms, but de­liver th­ese an­thems with tech­no­log­i­cal aplomb. The Brook­lyn four-piece are ter­ri­bly aware of the world we live in, hence the en­vi­ron­men­tal odes and warn­ings ( 2080, Waves), pas­toral riffs on sea­sons and weather ( Wait for the Sum­mer), even synth sam­ples that sound like whales. Each song en­deav­ours to bolt as far from its start­ing point as pos­si­ble, with moods dip­ping and ris­ing with mul­ti­ple lay­ers of per­cus­sion. Like An­i­mal Col­lec­tive, they’re an ac­quired taste, but are in­fin­itely more ac­ces­si­ble. Think hip­py­ish Griz­zly Bear with woozy four-part har­monies. www.yeasayer.net

Down­load tracks: Sun­rise, 2080

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