The new by Yellow Ostrich album is "Strange Land" and it's on Barsuk Records. It's the creation of one Alex Shaaf, a Badger living in New York City, once doing the trippy one-man in the bedroom, trippy art rock thing. He's still doing that but now with a kick-ass band. Shaaf has a very special voice - warm and wonderful - singing screwball lyrics on several songs that have so many hooks, he could've been fishing with the Beatles. The first tune, "Elephant King," will draw you in. "Daughter" is a minor mindbender, then "Marathon Runner," begins with minimalist weirdness and then ends up as a baroque anthem. The most convincing and heart felt love lousey, blow you off tune will live long and prosper when ever someone gets tired of Miss Take or vice versa - it's all there on "I Got No Time For You." And so it goes. Shaaf knows what he's doing.
Rock 'n' Roll Call: Yellow Ostrich - Strange Land
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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