Flow sweetly, hang heavy

Thursday, September 23, 2010

[image via stereogum]

I don't know much about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They've been a consistent favorite of some cooler-than-me friends for years, but my knowledge of the band stops around Karen O's occasional wardrobe choices. I never delved further because they were a little more gritty than my typical taste, but a fortunate iTunes shuffle trip has just yielded what I'm sure will be one my favorite songs of the season.

Though "Zero" was the big hit of 2009's It's Blitz (and rightly so - - its raucous and beautiful at once, not an easy balance to strike), I am finding myself drawn to the quieter "Hysteric", a surprisingly loveydovey expression from such an edgy band. The sparse drum beat and hollow guitar octaves lead you in and out of some disconnected thoughts about old love coming back. It's not necessarily telling a story or delivering a message - it seems more like reflection for the beauty of this particular reflection's sake.

Trust me, it works. (If you like it, I also recommend the acoustic version at the end of the Deluxe Edition of the album. It turns into a very earnest late 90s love song, in the best possible way.)

"Hysteric" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
(scroll to the bottom & click the orange download link)

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