Arguably one of the most popular postmodern bands around, Yeasayer have produced a highly anticipated, vibrant and listenable third studio album. Though not quite reaching the extraordinary feat that was their second album, Odd Blood (2010), Fragrant World is the collaboration of both electronic and acoustic beats, cohesively meshed together to produce a upbeat holistic sound. In the previous album, Old Blood every track was effortlessly easy to listen to; the New York trio have now produced an album bursting with a larger feel that endures from its beginning to end.
In a musical age where the electronic genre has saturated our speakers and playlists, bombarding us with predictable beats and melodic motifs, Yeasayer have managed to provide listeners with something unique yet still encapsulating these electronic characteristics. The album begs for listeners patience, but rewards them with a refreshing entirety that is, Fragrant World. As artists, Yeasayer continually experiment and manipulate with their music to produce an individual style, which not only maintains their own personal interests, but also keeps fans emotionally attached. By exceeding stereotypical boundaries of established musical conventions, Yeasayer are the epitome of modern artistry.
Of the album, tracks such as Fingers Never Bleed, the stunning Henrietta, Devil and the Deed and Reagan’s Skeleton stand out form the rest. It is important to note that as the band moves forward, their music still maintains and harks back to past decades. Throughout this particular album, there is a strong tie to Daft Punk, patterns reminiscent of 80s bass lines and grooves. This unpredictable and uniquely creative band has managed to put together yet another impressive addition to their commendable catalogue.