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Yellow Fever- Yellow Fever
April 23, 2010, 7:42 pm
Filed under: music and musings

This is overdue, and I’m sorry. I don’t know why it took so long to write about it. I think upon first listen, the atmosphere and the collective feeling created by Yellow Fever was really exciting and new because it feels old, but it feels like old music morphed into something new. After listening to the album it was almost so comfortable to listen to that it was hard to review it because it was like it’s already known. I already know it, so how could I explore it and explain it.

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

Wild World

This Austin band’s first full-length was released in February of this year via Wild World, the Vivian Girls label. The lo-fi, angular bass lines and clinky drums accompanied by glazy, mesmerizing vocals, may seem simplistic but are surprisingly complex as well as catchy. The bass drones and blares as the vocals, which are singing pretty silly lyrics, rise and fall perfectly with the drum beats. In the tune “Psychedelic,” the song feels as it describes, a bit psychedelic with quick strumming bass and harmonizing guitar. The vocals sing, “Why won’t you recognize how psychedelic I am and love me?” The energy given off by the song is absolutely perfect.

Featuring guitar  or keyboards on some songs, Yellow Fever maintains the quality of quirky, bass-y, basement rock.”Alice,” is this winding song with guitar and drums and these hollow female vocals that feel all encompassing and really honest. With harmonies and trudging drums, the song works its way through like one would wander through the forest. Just as the song feels familiar enough to get the drift with instrumental breaks and drums stick clicks, it breaks into light crooning vocals that complete the song perfectly, almost like the chorus in a musical.

Beginning with a twist-y bass line, “Cutest” starts like a song a girl may sing while drinking milkshakes with pals (were life a musical). They sing “The cutest boy I ever saw was sipping cider through a straw.” While the lyrics seem trite, they are pretty on par with the personalities of people who may listen to this music and fit well with the impressively surf-y bass and minimal drumbeats.

Each Yellow Fever song feels like it adds something extra, something to make it sound not just like a good song, and not just like aspects of songs one has heard before. They seem to go out of their way to give more than just what’s necessary to put out a good album. Whether it’s breakdowns or quick speedups of the chorus, they  really make the effort in the most effortless sounding way possible.

The female vocals and harmonies should be so unimpressive in their simplicity, but they are hypnotizing for exactly that reason. With really unique guitar licks and melodic bass riffs, Yellow Fever already give their all. Their self-titled album seems like a showcase of everything they have to offer as a band, and each song melts really easily into the next, maintaining the same feel but definitely differing in style and instrumentation. I’m ready for more.


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