An Anthem for Losing Even When You Win: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's New Single 'Fireproof'
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016

  • Posted by: Gabe Paoletti



Indie pop group Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's newest release, "Fireproof," is a synth-dense song about the dangers of getting what you wish for. The catchy track features a Beatles-esque vocal cadence layered over a soundscape of thumping drums and varied synth sounds. The track begins with a skeletal drum beat, and then briefly breaks into an airy guitar based bridge, before losing the vocals and devolving into a conglomeration of electronic sounds mixed with the original drums. Throughout the lyrical portions of the song, band frontman Alec Ounsworth talks about receiving the confidence and acclaim you hope for, only to find it a mixed blessing. Midway through the song, he exclaims how much of a "drag it is to win," expressing the central theme of the song, that when you accomplish what you set out to achieve, what you get might not be what you thought it would be. In this case, it seems fame, fortune, confidence, and love are what are being gained, but in the process one may lose perspective and self-respect.

This track is the first single off of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's upcoming album, The Tourist, and the first album to only feature Alec Ounsworth, as all other band members have left the lineup. Nevertheless, judging by "Fireproof," the upcoming album will be in the same vein as the band's earlier releases, embracing the same distorted synth sounds and powerful drums that gained the band acclaim in the past. "Fireproof" is one more well executed example of this style that Alec has perfected over the years.
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