Stream: Yeasayer, ‘Ecstatic Baby’


“Ecstatic Baby,” the new single from Yeasayer, is quite possibly one of the bubbliest tracks in the Brooklyn trio’s 12-year history. And if you’re familiar with that catalog, you almost wonder if it’s a put-on — a statement of affection delivered with an evil smile. Aw, hell, let’s take it at face value. From the funky falsetto to the blips and beeps seemingly coming from Robot, it’s pure joy. “I’m ecstatic, baby, when I’m with you / spinning circles, jumping over the moon” forever, we say.

The song is the latest taste of Yeasayer’s fifth album, “Erotic Reruns,” out Friday. The long-running indie favorites — Chris Keating, Anand Wilder and Ira Wolf Tuton — made the record in their home studios in Brooklyn and upstate New York and are issuing it on their own label, after releasing 2016’s “Amen & Goodbye” on Mute and their previous two albums on Secretly Canadian.

As with a lot of music conceived in the time period, the events surrounding the 2016 election and ensuing political carnival figure in the songs. The band notes: “Blue Skies Dandelions” mentions the firing of FBI Director James Comey; “24-Hour Hateful Live!” name-checks Sarah Sanders and Stephen Miller; and “Let Me Listen In On You” grimly smiles at the surveillance state over squelching synths and a bridge that descends into near chaos.

Listen in here.

||| Stream: “Ecstatic Baby”

||| Also: Stream “Let Me Listen In On You” and “Fluttering In The Floodlights”

||| Also: Watch the video for “I’ll Kiss You Tonight”

||| Live: Yeasayer headline the Teragram Ballroom on June 29. Tickets.