Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - New Fragility Colored Vinyl LP
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah New Fragility Colored Vinyl LP
What are we to make of the world? In many ways, the title New Fragility perfectly sums up our collective state of unease and anxiety, but it's particularly apt for singer-songwriter Alec Ounsworth / Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and the trauma he's spent the best part of three years processing. "It's pretty personal," says Ounsworth. "It's about what I think we're all experiencing at the moment, certainly here in the United States anyway – trying to move forward amidst an almost cruel uncertainty."
Taken from the David Foster Wallace short story "Forever Overheard," from the collection Brief Interviews With Hideous Men – "You have grown into a new fragility," says the story's adolescent narrator – the title track documents what happens directly after a long relationship comes to an end, and what's discovered soon after. "There comes a period of making up for lost time in a changed world," says Ounsworth, "and now is a time of predictable stupidity."
New Fragility finds Ounsworth asking the questions that haunt us all. Depression, divorce, getting older, and confronting the past are all raked over, as are the early years of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the pernicious influence of fame.
And with such heartfelt lyrics married to his unique, eclectic music and distinctive voice, it's another classic entry in the career of one of independent music's brightest, and most durable, artists. The first singles taken from New Fragility, the double A-side of "Hesitating Nation" and "Thousand Oaks," are deeply political, charting the decline of a nation. New Fragility is not without moments of beauty though.
Together with his keen ear for melody and his unique, eclectic approach to composition – witness the gentle acoustic picking of "Where They Perform Miracles," the spacious strings and woozy synths of "CYHSY, 2005," or the rambling, slowed down bar-room blues of album closer "If I Were More Like Jesus" – New Fragility is the sound of an artist completely at ease in his work, and unafraid to confront the difficult questions that haunt us all.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah New Fragility Track Listing:
1. Hesitating Nation
2. Thousand Oaks
3. Dee, Forgiven
4. New Fragility
5. Innocent Weight
6. Mirror Song
7. CYHSY, 2005
8. Where They Perform Miracles
9. Went Looking For Trouble
10. If I Were More Like Jesus
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