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Yeasayer will be releasing their new album, Fragrant World, on August 21, 2012 via Secretly Canadian. “We definitely try to capture the schizophrenia of what it’s like to be alive today,” says Yeasayer's co-frontman/multi-instrumentalist Anand Wilder. Fragrant World is inspired in part by such dystopian stories as Blade Runner, but it is also a dense, ambitious, thoroughly modern, and complicated pop record. “I listened to a lot of R&B records while we were making this,” co-frontman/multi-instrumentalist Chris Keating explains. “I wanted to make a record that was legitimately, to use a bad word, funky. Listening to Teddy Pendergrass and then Aaliyah records. Something that legitimately has a sway to it, tempos I call mid-tempo come-ons, BPM ranges that you’re seeing in more R&B kind of stuff and some really sub-y bass tones. But there’s nothing more broadly conceptual than that." Fragrant World was recorded in their native Brooklyn. Thanks to a recommendation from Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin, they recorded at the Brooklyn studio of indie label Mexican Summer, renting the space for two months and venturing a few blocks away to Plantain Studios to work for a short stretch with Abe Seiferth, renowned for his collaborations with DFA artists.
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