Yellow Ostrich's The Mistress hit my radar some time ago, though I only had one MP3 for the longest time. I've finally picked up the full album (via eMusic) and I've been listening to a stream of the yet-to-be released album Strange Land over at PASTE.
Feel free to listen here:
I am *loving* it. "Strange Land retains Schaaf's sweet, boyish voice and bracingly open-hearted songwriting, but adds a hard- won urban edge: brawny bass and busy, prominent drums, triumphal horns, and plenty of raw, overdriven guitar. As the album transitions from wistful but supercharged pop to new musical realms, it's as if you're hearing the transition the band itself made, from self-contained solo unit to a collaborative trio of outstanding musicians. Schaaf has a degree in music, and there's plenty of his gorgeous stacked harmonies here, but this time Natchez's horns occasionally take on that role, and it's all animated by Tapper's hip-shaking syncopations."