Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is the musical project of American indie rock musician Alec Ounsworth. His newest record, The Tourist, gives nods to his musical heroes—a group that includes artists such as John Cale, Robert Wyatt, Tom Waits, and Nick Cave. However, this album also shows a natural progression from previous CYHSY records. Ounsworth spent about a week recording The Tourist at Dr. Dog’s Philadelphia-based studio with a drummer and bassist. After that, he and engineer Nick Krill spent a few months “tidying things up” and recording additional embellishments: backup vocals, keyboards, guitars and more percussion. That gives the record more of a band feel than the last album, and contributes to why the record possesses a musical lightness. The dreamy opening track “The Pilot” especially has a lilting edge, courtesy of Smiths-reminiscent acoustic guitars strums and Ounsworth’s hiccupping, conspiratorial vocals.
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