Yellow Ostrich

For fans of:Vampire Weekend, Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, Dirty Projectors, Tune-yards
Yellow Ostrich's sophomore release, Strange Land arrives this week on Barsuk Records following last year's debut album, The Mistress. Strange Land showcases lead singer Alex Schaaf's sweet, boyish voice and bracingly open-hearted songwriting, but adds a hard-won urban edge: brawny bass and busy, prominent drums, triumphal horns, and plenty of raw, overdriven guitar. As the album transitions from wistful but supercharged pop to new musical realms, it's as if you're hearing the transition the band itself made, from self-contained solo unit to a collaborative trio of outstanding musicians.