All Hour Cymbals
Label: We Are Free
Yeasayer's debut fuses fist-pumping, harmonized melodies with "Games Without Frontiers"-era Peter Gabriel, giving birth to a smart, intergenerational pop mutant meant for dancing. Fretless bass, electronic drum pads, and noncheesy synthesizers leave plenty of room for vocalist Chris Keating to play the part of an anxiously soulful crooner. Tracks like "Waiting for the Summer" are pure Eastern mysticism, minus the lame hippie baggage, but Yeasayer avoids overdosing on retro nostalgia with the space keyboards and chanted chorus of "2080."