Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress [Album Review]

by Woody on January 21, 2011

I recently connected with an old and very dear friend after what Ill call a two-year hiatus. Although our friendship was based on much more, our mutual passion for live and recorded music was always a cornerstone. So, it wasnt a tremendous surprise that our first conversation in years quickly turned to the albums and concerts that were enjoyed during that time apart. It also wasnt a shock that during the course of an 8-hour conversation fueled by cheap beer and good whiskey, a shared affinity for Yellow Ostrich was uncovered.

Yellow Ostrich is the name under which Alex Schaaf, a Wisconsin native, has recorded 3 LPs, 4 EPs, and a 7-inch since March 2009. Although there is no shortage of innovative and dynamic music among these releases, its his latest LP, The Mistress, that has garnered significant attention. Throughout the LP, Schaaf artfully mixes looped acapella vocals with thumping drums, distorted guitar, and various effects. The end result is an album thats strangely enticing and provocative. For those who enjoy the sound, its akin to hitting a musical jackpot, as all of Yellow Ostrichs releases are available for name your price download here.

The aforementioned friend and I got together again to see Yellow Ostrich at Mercury Lounge earlier this month. Schaaf, accompanied by drummer, Michael Tapper, managed to overpower a loud and disrespectful crowd. The duo opened with “Whale”, and played a short set that served as a nice preview to a forthcoming month-long Thursday night residency at Pianos (NYC) in February.

Yellow Ostrich – WHALE

Video: Yellow Ostrich – WHALE

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

uwmryan January 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Top-notch guys. Glad you found this.

TBone January 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Man, that video was insane. Very suspenseful. It must have cost them, what, $5 and change?

resto in ascolto January 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

a new (and very beautiful) version of dirty projectors. i will cut & copy on my blog.

Er January 24, 2011 at 5:17 am

Interesting sound. I like it.

Mark January 24, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’ve been seeing this band’s name pop up here and there…thanks for finally getting me to listen in. Great stuff – I will most definitely be shouting out to Yellow Ostrich on my blog.

FINKMAG January 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Gave a second listen. I really dig this!

sheryl January 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

you should check out their la blogotheque session as well.,5779 like everything vincent moon touches, it is pretty magical.

Michelle March 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Check out (and like) some Favorite New Rock Singles for Early Spring 2012, featuring the song “Stay At Home” by Yellow Ostrich :

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