The music of Brooklyn's Yeasayer is an eclectic, genre-bending journey into pop, rock, Middle Eastern and African musics, folk, and dub. Encouraging listeners to don their thinking caps and dancing shoes, the group's full-length debut, All Hour Cymbals, arrived in 2007. Synthetic sounds and dance-inspired production played a larger role on 2010's Odd Blood, which marked Yeasayer's debut on the Billboard 200. Still quirky and animated, they presented a more streamlined sound on their fifth studio album, 2019's Erotic Reruns.
Vocalist/keyboardist Chris Keating and vocalist/guitarist Anand Wilder were both raised in Baltimore, where they honed their vocal skills in a barbershop quartet and played in a high school band, Sic Transit, before leaving town to attend different colleges. Years later, the two relocated to New York and began shaping the project that would soon become Yeasayer. Wilder's cousin, Ira Wolf Tuton, joined as the group's bassist, and drummer Luke Fasano was the last member to come aboard in May 2006.