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Yellow Ostrich

Yellow Ostrich Soft

The gorgeous new Yellow Ostrich album Soft is available digitally everywhere today! It's the first new album that the quietly brilliant musician, producer and songwriter Alex Schaaf has released under the Yellow Ostrich name in seven years, and it's full of sublime lyrics, a perfect balance of experimental and classic sounds, great hooks, and elegant playing, featuring an outstanding group of assembled musicians borrowed from La Luz, Lissie, Bon Iver, and The War on Drugs, and engineered and mixed by Zach Hanson (Bon Iver, Gordi, Whitney, Waxahatchee, Hand Habits).

Check out charming videos for two of the singles off Soft, "Julia" and "Last Summer" — each captures aspects of the album's thematic concerns around the pitfalls and pressures of traditional masculinity, and human nature's complex simultaneous aversions and drives toward connection, vulnerability and tenderness. 23 Apr 2021

New single from upcoming Yellow Ostrich album

"'Birds'" is about realizing that desire can be fluid and that it doesn't follow strict rules and patterns the way you might expect it to," says band leader and songwriter Alex Schaff about the new Yellow Ostrich single. "And generally it's about continuing to learn more about yourself and others as you get older, that it's not a process that stops when you reach a certain age."

Hear Yellow Ostrich's "Birds" The new album Soft is out April 23. 09 Apr 2021

Yellow Ostrich returns with Soft, new video “Julia”

We're excited to announce Soft, the new album from Yellow Ostrich out April 23rd, and today the band has released a new video for the song "Julia".

"Julia" features Schaaf's crystal-clear vocal melodies as he analyzes the ongoing struggle against an ever-present 'separator' antagonist determined to make maintaining human relationships challenging. The song is the first single from Soft, and also appears on the stellar Like a Bird: An Alex Schaaf Anthology (2010-2021) available digitally tomorrow, March 26th. 25 Mar 2021

Yellow Ostrich announces anthology and releases new track

Barsuk is excited to announce the release of Yellow Ostrich track "River '93" from the forthcoming Like A Bird: An Alex Schaaf Anthology (2010-2021). The compilation spans the career (so far) of quietly brilliant songwriter/producer Alex Schaaf, including some of the best material from his Yellow Ostrich albums on Barsuk and from his self-released solo projects under his own name and under the name Human Heat. It will also include previously unreleased material, including new single "River '93" (listen/pre-save here).

"I wrote River '93 after moving across the country to Minneapolis while trying to figure out how to settle into a new place, something I've done a few times in my life," says Schaaf of the new song. "It's about trying not to worry about the future too much and to just let things unfold as they will. Which is easier said than done." The trance-like sparse ballad, punctuated by a minimalist piano arrangement and a retro drum machine, fits perfectly with Schaaf's introspective recent solo work (mostly recorded by longtime Bon Iver engineer Zach Hanson) and which is highlighted on the upcoming Like a Bird compilation. 26 Feb 2021

Yellow Ostrich "The Mistress" 10th Anniversary

Yellow Ostrich has returned! In celebration of the band's beloved 2011 debut album The Mistress, we're excited to announce The Mistress (10th Anniversary Edition). In anticipation, Yellow Ostrich founder Alex Schaaf will perform The Mistress in its entirety on Thursday, December 10, at 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT via a free livestream, viewable at Yellow Ostrich's Facebook page, the Barsuk YouTube page, or Barsuk's Instagram. This all heralds the return of Yellow Ostrich, who are working on new music for release on Barsuk in 2021.

The Mistress (10th Anniversary Edition) will include the original 10-track album, plus a 28-track download including all three 2011 Barsuk bonus tracks, four previously unreleased b-sides, an early alternate version of the hit "WHALE", plus 10 covers (recorded in 2010) of songs that inspired founder Alex Schaaf during the writing and recording of The Mistress: songs by Beach House, Jon Brion, Dirty Projectors, The National, Joanna Newsom, The Replacements, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Tallest Man on Earth, Sharon Van Etten, and Yeasayer.

The vinyl release, which has been out of print for years, will be pressed on limited-edition yellow vinyl with black splatter, available for pre-order now and will ship in the spring of 2021. A digital release of the deluxe anniversary edition will arrive in early 2021. 03 Dec 2020

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