The Tourist drop one of their most original albums yet
Wednesday 8th March 2017 | Rachel
The artistic project Clap Your Hands Say Yea, designed by musician Alec Ounsworth, a multitalented one man band capable of synthy keyboard skills, strange yet charming vocals, as well as gracefully tangled guitar notes, has honed in on what he believes a Folk-Rock album should sound like.
What Ounsworth has created wouldn't have been possible if hands weren't joined by himself and producer Dave Fridmann, a producer known for his work on albums by icons MGMT, Tame Impala and The Flaming Lips.
What the pair have composed has managed to grapple at our hearts all while producing a sound that encourages listeners to twist and sway.
The Tourist has seen production elements that can only be described as desperately pretty. With tracks that are always trapped in a warm hearted melody, but are also always grounded by earthy acoustic instrumentation and chunkier bass kicks, the album is always underpinned by its rock encapsulating genre.
These textures are most evident in The Tourists' sweeping second track Better Off that has been coated in the fragrant tinkering of 80’s nostalgia plugged into its every crevice, yet is lifted in its closing notes with livelier thundering.
Likewise, this sense of rumbling acoustic folk can be heard in the album's opening track, The Pilot, before being plucked to the sky by its fluttering, synthy themes and choir like backing.
For Clap Your Hands Say Yea's sentimental fans, Ambulance Chaser drags you back to the aroma of their older material. Ambulance Chaser shares the riled up and electric excitement heard by their once most famous single The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth taken from their debut.
The originality that meticulously shackles each track on Clap Your Hands Say Yea's fifth album stands it as possibly their strongest attempt to date.