You can't talk about the first Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album without mentioning how it was a breakout indie success... self-released, self-promoted, and moved something like 17,000 units almost strictly through word of mouth and the power of blogs. Now comes their highly anticipated follow-up album Some Loud Thunder, and you have to wonder how it will be received. With the blogosphere moving as fast as it does, are Clap Your Hands already yesterday's news?
I will agree that I'm a bit sick of hearing about this band, but I'm still not sick of hearing their music. The exciting thing about the new album is that although it's once again self-released, they put a lot more money into the production, hiring Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse, Sleater-Kinney) as producer. You can definitely hear the added production value on songs like, "Emily Jean Stock". It builds layer upon layer of sound, and feels so much fuller than anything on their self-titled debut. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of album in its entirety when it hits stores on January 30th.
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