It's interesting the turns the DIY surge in music has taken over a couple of decades. This very cool group, Way Yes, whom I'd place alongside such offbeat and refined pop acts as Guggenheim Grotto, Weekend, and others, is issuing music in EPs as it slowly catches on with critics and audiences. Not a bad way to go. In this mode, you don't kill yourself in too ambitious moves that screw ya financially. On the other hand, these clever lads are brimming with ingenuity and abundantly catchy rhythms, very much deserving of full-blown treatment and exposure.
I reviewed their first, the marvelous Herringbone (here), not long ago, and this issuance is every inch as good as that, maybe even better. This band has the writing and arranging sense of Paul McCartney and Paul Simon with a hugely bent but sonorous infusion of glitch and odd electronica, adding dimensions others haven't yet even thought of. So, to McCartney and Simon add Godley & Creme (ex-10CC) as well as touches of some of the pop prog ensembles of the 70s (World of Oz, etc.) because Way Yes' songs are most definitely not what you might expect.
Light, breezy, filled with sunshine from tropic islands and upbeat African rhythms atop folk baselines, the five cuts here are deceptive and irresistible, often layered to provide a lush back resonance as the trio lays down happy-go-lucky melodics. In this day and age, Walkability is not only good music but medicine as well. My prescription? Listen before, during, and after work, avoid television and radio, walk along the beach (forest, prairie, whatever you have nearby), and then pass along to a friend.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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