Yellow Ostrich came to my attention while scouring the interwebz for material for the Brain Salad compilations. I first came across “WHALE” which is a track that starts simply with just some looped vocals and percussion. Lead singer and project mastermind Alex Schaff chimes in with his juvenile and playful voice that he decorates really really well with some light distortion. This adds a really nice grainy, yellowish touch to the music. For the most part, Schaff writes songs that form around looped vocals of some sort, typically densely harmonized as well. His latest release, Mistress, comes after two EP’s – The Morgan Freeman EP, and Fade Cave EP. All of these releases are good, and if you’re into movies and pop culture as much as you are into good music, I highly suggest checking out The Morgan Freeman EP. It is exactly what you might assume it not to be: a collection of songs about or directly relating to Morgan Freeman. Its incredibly entertaining and it really gives you a good idea about what Yellow Ostrich is all about. Other highlights include “Hahahaohhoho” off The Mistress and “Getting Lost/Staying Lost” from the Fade Cave EP. I really really like what Yellow Ostrich has going on, and they’ll be doing a string of dates with Ra Ra Riot, so that would just be an excellent show. So try and catch them if they’re around. They’re playing an excellent ACL Fest this weekend. And I don’t want to talk about how I’m not there. xx
“Get Lost/Staying Lost”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/05GettingLost-stayingLost.mp3]
“Morgan Freeman’s Selected Filmography”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/05MorganFreemansSelectedFilmography.mp3]
He also has a couple of wonderful covers that you will probably (hopefully) enjoy.
“King of Spain” – Tallest Man on Earth cover[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/King-of-Spain-The-Tallest-Man-on-Earth-cover.mp3]
“Don’t Haunt this Place” – The Rural Alberta Advantage cover[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/Dont-Haunt-This-Place-The-Rural-Alberta-Advantage-cover.mp3]
Thanks and enjoy and thanks.