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Brooklyn indie troupe Yellow Ostrich flew under the mainstream radar with their last two albums (perhaps appropriate, considering the band's flightless namesake), but that's likely to change with their ambitious third studio effort, Cosmos. Inspired by thinkers such as Carl Sagan and astrophysicist Frank Drake, the record is as luminous as a meteor shower, its songs featuring momentous crescendos, densely layered guitars, and radiant atmospherics. It calls to mind both modern experimental alternative acts (The Antlers, Radiohead) and '70s prog-rockers (Rush, Neu!). The snaking guitars and monotonic vocals of "Shades" turn left at the song's ethereal, piano-led bridge, leading to an epic build, while the subdued electronic textures of "My Moons" provide a welcome respite from the commotion. "Neon Fists" twists and turns amid roiling percussion, whereas the album closer, "Don't Be Afraid," is a plaintive lullaby, slowly dipping over the horizon like a setting sun.

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This album isn't the best but when you listen to some of the songs their alright.. It's a mix of cage the elephant and the neighborhood except way more laid back and relaxed.

Better than alright

Yellow Ostrich is an amazing new band and this album really expands on their previous ones, offering a new sound that's uniquely their own. And Schaff's one of the most talented young songwriters in the country right now, hands down. Can't wait to see them live!


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Yellow Ostrich is an experimental indie rock band centered around singer/songwriter Alex Schaaf. The band originally began as a solo project for Schaaf, who made lo-fi indie pop on his four-track recorder. After relocating from Wisconsin to New York, Schaaf self-released a full-length album, titled Wild Comfort, in January of 2010. It was quickly followed by a series of EPs -- Fade Cave EP, The Morgan Freeman EP, and The Serious Kids EP -- which were made available for free download. Yellow Ostrich's...
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