On July 15th, Yeasayer
guitarist Anand Wilder and composer Maxwell Kardon will release Break Line
, their musical that's been a decade in the making. We heard our first sample of their project back in May when it was announced along with the rootsy single "Wedding Day"
. And today, we are presented with an entirely different sonic template in "I'm to Blame".
The retro folk-styled "Wedding Day" seemed to match the rural 1950s-set plot, which they described
as a labor conflict in a Pennsylvania coal town. But the latest single "I'm to Blame" has thrown our pastoral assumptions totally out of balance — but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
"I'm to Blame" opens solemnly with jazzy horns and the uncertainty of a distant organ, but it suddenly takes a sharp and sinister turn toward desert rock guitar fury and piano clank. The latter half is also complemented by a James Richardson (MGMT) guitar solo. This has quickly become one of our most highly-anticipated, under-the-radar releases of the summer.
Break Line The Musical
is due out July 15th on Secretly Canadian
. The album will also feature guest appearances by Kishi Bashi
, Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Haley Dekle (Dirty Projectors), Chris Keating and Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer), and others.
Pre-order Break Line