Yawn - Happy Tears EP
Record Label: Feel Trip Records
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Infectious. That's the easiest way to describe the new EP Happy Tears from Chicago's Yawn.
From the opening few seconds of the cylindrical "Ganymede," and its sweetly affecting verses, there's something incredibly inviting about this music. When vocalist Adam Gil says, "And you don't have to think it all," it is as if he is asking the listener to just kick back and let the music wash all over them. The only problem with "Ganymede," is that it is without a doubt the strongest song on the EP and makes the following four songs somewhat inferior. Of the remaining three the second best is most probably "Take It With Me," a teetering and gossamery orchestration that draws on vocalist Gil's reedy vocals, gorgeous harmonies, and an array of twinkling instrumentation.
The shimmering "Momma's Boy," draws its steam from a wordless chorus, while the tribal "Then They Come," is jaunty, jubilant and frolics along with a swerve and zest that is ultimately infectious, intoxicating and wildly rewarding. Happy Tears ends with the psychedelic "Yabis," which features an assortment of blips, bleeps and video game noises, and sounds like the end credits to Grand Theft Auto.
On Happy Tears, the Chicago quartet has indeed surpassed their prior effort Open Season, which itself was criminally overlooked. This time around the band still holds onto their innate sense of melody, but the edges are smoother, the songs are more refined and the entire effort feels more cohesive. Being that Yawn is such a young band, the fact that Happy Tears is this good, means only good things are ahead. The future is decidedly bright.