Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
release new EP
Room At The Top
European & UK Tour Dates
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah release the brand-new Room At The Top EP. Instead of striving for perfection, sometimes it makes sense to be spontaneous. So it is with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s latest EP, three new tracks dropping right in the middle of a tour and before heading to Europe. From fuzzy riffs to wistful, Roy Orbison-balladry, Room At The Top employs a diverse, playful approach to composition alongside Alec Ounsworth’s typically strong hooks and melodies.
UK & Ireland tour dates below:
3rd June – LIVERPOOL, District
4th June – MANCHESTER, Yes
5th June – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
7th June – CAMBRIDGE, Portland Arms
8th June – BRISTOL, Thekla
9th June – LONDON, Scala
10th June – GALWAY, Roisin Dubh
11th June – DUBLIN, Whelans
12th June – BELFAST, Empire Music Hall
Following last year’s acclaimed album, New Fragility, and its recently-released Deluxe version, the EP was also recorded between Philadelphia and Austin, and mixed by John Agnello.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah release this mighty 3 track EP which swoops you into the midst of these intoxicating rhythms and visceral textures. This infectious collection of compelling creations oozing soul, character, and a deep connection to the audience. Once again this playful yet dynamic record boasts a profound feeling of warmth, emitting from the tonality of the record, those sound waves find a comforting charge to the collection. The record showcases a stirring vulnerability captured in the lyrics and tender vocal notes especially present in “In The Water”.
This new release is important, hit play and embrace every aspect.
“In the case of ‘Room At The Top’, Will Johnson, Britton Beisenherz and I were improvising and taped this in a short amount of time. It wouldn’t really fit on any album. The other songs had been sketches for some years and have now finally been recorded,” says Ounsworth.
A freeform, off-the-cuff vibe characterizes all three songs, but especially the title track. “Room At The Top” showcases the unorthodox spirit of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; a fuzzy stoner riff, pounding drums, Beach Boys meets The Who choirs, and an almost jazzy impro-coda leading out of the song. It’s a rollicking stomper, and a whole lot of fun.
The breezy “In The Water” nods to vintage Americana songwriting greats and the spirit of the great outdoors. Classic elements like slide guitar, Hammond organ, acoustic strumming and laid back drums capture an easy vibe, perfect for Sunday mornings or long, top-down highway drives. It showcases what Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has always been renowned for, subverting a well-worn style with levity while adding a faintly melancholic air.
“Life Mask’s title derives from Alec Ounsworth’s interest in masks and the cults around them. The song’s florid chorus presents one of Ounsworth’s trademarks: creating surprising yet remarkable melodies. So too the slightly forlorn air, tempered by some classic swelling organ chords and gentle, picked guitar. And, as always, there’s his voice; distinctive, strong, conveying the most diverse emotions over the course of a single line.
“Interesting and unexpected things happen when you just follow your instincts,” says Ounsworth. Room At The Top is the perfect example.
The EP was recorded at Austin’s Ramble Creek Studios with Britton Beisenherz, and at Miner Street Studios, Philadelphia, with Matt Poirer. John Agnello mixed the songs at Kaleidoscope, Greg Calbi mastered ‘In The Water’ at Sterling NY, Valerio Mina mastered “Room At The Top” and “Life Mask” in Milan, Italy. Besides Alec Ounsworth, Will Johnson, Pat Berkery, Todd Erk, and Britton Beisenherz played on the recordings.