10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About Yellow Ostrich

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 sophomore album, The Mistress, featuring the song "Mary," followed in 2011. In 2012, Schaaf and his Yellow Ostrich bandmates Michael Tapper and Jon Natchez returned with the decidedly more forceful and anthemic Strange Land. Also in 2012, Yellow Ostrich released the six-song EP Ghost. After Ghost, Natchez announced he had left the band, replaced by longtime touring members Jared Van Fleet and Zach Rose. In 2014, Yellow Ostrich returned with its third full-length album, the Carl Sagan-inspired Cosmos. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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