“Not another Brooklyn band?!”, I hear you shout as you read the band biography concurrently with this review. But readers, wait! This band is different. They are beloved of the blogs! They take a few listens before you realise their genius! They will be at the top of the best of lists in December!

Ok, so maybe that is not far off every other Brooklyn band of the past five years, but that is no bad thing. Why begrudge a band success just because of their birthplace? Or because the album comes across as having just listened to Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post-Pavillion’?

Hmm, so you have to separate a few things from Odd Blood before you can fully enjoy it. Yeasayer are from Brooklyn and are American college rock’s wet dream. Everything you read about them, before actually listening to the music, may put you off. So, let’s try and ignore everything else and get down to the music. The wonderful, eclectic, challenging music.

Odd Blood is Yeaayer’s sophomore effort following in the footsteps of 2008’s All Hour Cymbals. The band themselves admit that the differences between the albums is significant. Whereas their début sounded like one long experiment that the world had to love or else face being ostracised from the music world, odd Blood tries its best to invite everyone in and find something to love.

Opening track The Children opens with sound effects akin to every Animal Collective song ever, and the distorted vocals do not help the idea that this band has changed tact. They sing the harmonies through a fan and used other studio techniques that no band signed to a major label would be allowed to do. And yes, before you ask, Odd Blood was self-produced. But then it kicks into Ambling Alp, about the boxing career of Joe Louis. With its chorus of “Stick up for yourself son/ Never mind what anybody else done”, the band have created their first bonafide hit.

From then on, there are hooks and choruses for everyone to enjoy, from the casual listener to the Pitchfork-lover. Madder Red tells of love and loss, while Rome sings that “It’s gonna be mine/It’s just a matter of time”.

ONE, meanwhile, is the track that perked the internet up to the new Yeasayer 2.0 model. It changes gear so many times that it is impossible to pin down any one genre that it sticks to. The bass is pure 1970’s disco; the keyboards sparingly used; the lyrics are echoed to sound like singer Anand Wilder was locked In a hall to record the vocals all alone. It is a beast of a song that exemplifies the band’s new found ability to create what we like to call a ‘chooooon’. ONE could be heard hundreds of times and still could present new things for the listener to love.

At ten tracks long, Odd Blood certainly does not overstay its welcome. Currently on tour around Europe-they visited Ireland last week- Yeasayer could be the word of mouth hit that dominates the festivals this year. Better get on them early though, before it becomes uncool to like them….

Odd Blood is out now

8/10