Amen & Goodbye

Amen & Goodbye

by Yeasayer


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Amen & Goodbye

Always challenging themselves and their listeners with a shifting musical paella of contrasting timbres and style influences, Yeasayer were joined by drummer Joey Waronker of Atoms for Peace in a production role during the late stages of their fourth studio album, Amen & Goodbye. In keeping with the bricolage aspect, the recording also features performances from a diverse selection of guests, including folk singer Suzzy Roche and guitar virtuoso Steve Marion aka Delicate Steve (both appear on "Gerson's Whistle"). What proves to be a trademark of the album is introduced in a prologue-type track, the nearly two-minute "Daughters of Cain." Razor-sharp vocal harmonies reminiscent of "Bohemian Rhapsody" settle in for appearances throughout, and also set the stage for an out-of-time convergence of the past and -- via outer spacy, mechanical synth textures -- the future. The sprawling "I Am Chemistry" offers an album snapshot, incorporating sunny harmonies, as well as '80s keyboard tones, 2010's otherworldly effects, acoustic instrumentation, a children's choir, and the timeless noise of hammering. Compared to prior LPs, there are fewer hints of R&B and more of John Lennon on Amen & Goodbye. World rhythms and scales are also woven into the design, as is customary for the band, such as the Middle Eastern influence apparent on "Half Asleep." Most of the tunes are discernible and dancy, such as on the new wavy "Dead Sea Scrolls" and catchy "Cold Night," though Yeasayer makes room for songs like the elegant, more explorative "Prophecy Gun;" the Beatlesque, Theremin-graced ballad "Uma;" and the trippy and percussive "Divine Simulacrum." Typical of the album and how it plays with expectations, the half-minute "Computer Canticle I" features whirring synths but also earthy, acoustic drums, at once evoking tribal plains and space sirens. This combining of the human-organic and the quirky-mechanical not only rewards repeat listens, but ultimately fascinates with warm alienation.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2016
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0724596963722
catalogNumber: 69637
Rank: 165004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yeasayer   Primary Artist
Joe McGinty   Piano,Hammond Organ
Suzzy Roche   Vocals
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums
Mauro Refosco   Percussion,Triangle,Berimbau,Bowed Vibes
Cale Parks   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Shaker
Anand Wilder   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bouzouki,Piano,Cello,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vibes,Korg,solina,Moog Bass,Juno,Fender Jazz Bass,Vocal Harmony
Ira Wolf Tuton   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Bass (Vocal),Electric Guitar,Vocals,Melodica,Slide Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Korg,Shaker,solina,Fuzz Bass,MIDI Bass,Music Box,Moog Bass,SH-101,Hammer
Chris Keating   Percussion,Theremin,Vocals,Mellotron,Vibes,solina,Wurlitzer,SH-101
Steve Marion   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Walter Fancourt   Tenor Saxophone
Sean Smith   Trumpet
Lael Neale   Vocals

Technical Credits

Joey Waronker   Producer
Abe Seiferth   Engineer,Sequencers,Additional Production
Yeasayer   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Keating   Tape Machine
Chris Tabron   Engineer
Hassan Rahim   Art Direction
Pablo Hernandez   Engineer
Brian Crowe   Engineer
Logan Olberg   Engineer
Steven Brahms   Cover Photo
Scott Heiner   Engineer
David Altmejd   Set Decoration
Jessica Tsai   Set Decoration

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