The crowd at Music Hall of Williamsburg was thin, but that didn’t stop Yellow Ostrich from performing an uplifting 9-song set. The Brooklyn (via Wiscounsin) outfit started off with the appropriately animal themed “Elephant King”. Alex Schaaf’s vocals were crisp as he looped samples to create his own chorus of harmonies, which was perfectly exemplified live on their rendition of “Campaign”. The conversation between band and audience was sparse, however Alex did introduce “Marathon Runner” as a song about a marathon “racer” walking. The band strummed and drummed through several tracks from their LP “The Mistress” from ” Hold On” to “Daughters”. A mini dance party erupted when “WHALE” was chimed through with its “oh-oh-oh-oh”.
Yellow Ostrich also debuted two new songs Saturday evening – “Madelyn” and “Shake Down”. Both tracks display all the promise the blogosphere has been buzzing about for this relatively young trio. This fledgling band (who essentially was Alex in his dorm room) created an EP dedicated to Morgan Freeman, a reimagining of Radiohead’s Kid A and countless covers of the likes of Beach House, Joanne Newsome, Dirty Projectors, Tallest Man on Earth and The National. The hype is not to be denied. Soon enough Yellow Ostrich will be selling out the Music Hall of Williamsburg with their infectious harmonies.
Shake Down (new song)