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Editors’ Notes

Only Run features a leaner band pulling together to survive. Longtime Clap Your Hands Say Yeah members Robbie Guertin and Tyler Sargent quit the band in 2012, and rather than fill their positions, the remaining players agreed to cover more ground as a duo. Singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth also plays the guitars and keyboards, with drummer Sean Greenhalgh sticking with percussion and synth programming. This less-is-more approach means a cutback in the group's art-rock explorations and a greater emphasis on dance-oriented, postpunk grooves. The title track is a dance floor candidate until the songs breaks to a standstill midway through, as if to say "not so fast." Fortunately, tunes like “Coming Down” (with The National’s Matt Berninger adding a spoken-word piece) and “Impossible Request” lock into their paces. Elsewhere, mood runs the game. “As Always” works off an idea that The Cure first developed in the early to mid-‘80s. Programmed synths give a lift to “Little Moments.” The somber side is represented with the harrowing “Your Advice.”

Customer Reviews

Good to see new stuff from these guys.

Brillinant band. They've lost a bit of hype recently, but they're still well worth the initial reaction they received. Creative, clever, and cool

Probably their best

Love the direction of this new album!

So worth it

Awesome album! Can’t wait until it drops so the world can know Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is back :)


Formed: 2004 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In the middle of 2005, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were being touted as the hottest unsigned act in America. The band's self-titled debut -- a collection of off-center indie rock songs and quirky pop tunes -- was self-produced, self-released, self-promoted, and self-distributed, with a great deal of help from a wide network of bloggers and Internet supporters. There was so much online interest in the band that NPR even did a feature on the emerging phenomena of Internet band buzz, using CYHSY as the...
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