Yeasayer get a little weird


Yeasayer, “Henrietta”

Fragrant World, 2012

Taking a bizarrely screwed beat and twisting it up with some futuristic effects, Yeasayer have crafted their new single as an ode to Henrietta Lacks (the cancer patient in the 1950s whose cells were used for the polio vaccine).

Music and story fit weirdly well together, as the song plunges along with splutters of fiddly keyboard over a molten bass line. It’s undeniably creepy and disturbing, at times sounding like something from the Blade Runner soundtrack.

It’s another spaced soul track from Brooklyn’s band of sci-fi fanatics.

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