Album Review: Yellow Ostrich
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

On Yellow Ostrich's website, songwriter Alex Schaaf says of the band's new full length The Mistress (their last album) was a guy in a bedroom, Strange Land is a band. In a slightly bigger room. This goes a long way in explaining Strange Land's best moments and its limitations. Yellow Ostrich has a terrific amount of instrumental variation, using brass and woodwinds to spice up the typical rock band dynamic. Schaaf is a talented looper, expanding his voice to become another instrument of the group. But Yellow Ostrich only occupies a "slightly bigger" sound. The ten songs on Strange Land employ different musical techniques, but don't contain much emotional variation.
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