Yellow Ostrich: Cosmos
Despite their continual release of interesting, unique indie rock, Brooklyn band Yellow Ostrich has remained strangely under the radar. Layered and complex, the songs on Cosmos, which follows the groupâ€™s 2012 album Strange Land, feel carefully wrought, and each instrumental piece comes together to craft a clearly envisioned sonic picture. On the evocative â€śMy Moons,â€ť singer Alex Schaaf moans, â€śYour smile brings me sadness/ but I long for it,â€ť revealing a deep intimacy to the lyrics that mirrors the emotive quality of the music itself. â€śShades,â€ť the albumâ€™s flagship single, builds tiers of sound around a simple guitar line and Schaafâ€™s aching vocal melody. The other songs follow suit, embodying real moments of emotional revelation in word and in soundâ€”a skillful endeavor that has a lingering effect.