Album: Yeasayer, Odd Blood (Mute/Secretly Canadian)

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Yeasayer's second album starts by trying to scare the living hell out of you, then spends the rest of its time putting a comforting arm around your shoulder.

Opening track "The Children" consists of 194 seconds of clanking metal pipes and a fuzzed-up vocal growling, almost indecipherably, "We live inside your walls, beneath your floors..." What follows, however, is an idyllic hybrid of Cat Stevens, early Peter Gabriel, MGMT and Talk Talk as the Brooklyn trio slip through the gears while never quite quite putting you at ease.