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Yellow Ostrich

The Mistress
bark120: Yellow Ostrich / The Mistress
bark120   CD / DIGITAL Barsuk Records   August 2011
ORIGINAL TRACKLIST:
  1. I Think U Are Great
  2. WHALE
  3. Hate Me Soon
  4. Hold On
  5. Libraries
  6. Hahahaohhoho
  7. I'll Run
  8. Campaign
  9. Mary
  10. Slow Paddle
  11. Bread
  12. Fog
  13. Mary (Alternate)

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We're excited to announce the limited-edition 10th anniversary pressing of Yellow Ostrich's magnificent debut LP The Mistress – on yellow vinyl with black splatter – is available now. The LP has been out of print for years; this new pressing will come with a 28-track download code that includes the original 10-track album, all three 2011 Barsuk bonus tracks, four previously unreleased b-sides, an early alternate version of the hit "WHALE" plus 10 vintage covers (recorded in 2010) of songs that inspired band 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.

DELUXE VINYL TRACKS

  1. I Think U Are Great
  2. WHALE
  3. Hate Me Soon
  4. Hold On
  5. Libraries
  6. Hahahaohhoho
  7. I'll Run
  8. Campaign
  9. Mary
  10. Slow Paddle

BONUS TRACKS

  1. Bread
  2. Fog
  3. Mary (Alternate)
  4. Sister Flower
  5. I Think I Could Love You
  6. Mary Ann
  7. Little Johnny
  8. WHALE (early alternate version)
  9. Love More (Sharon Van Etten cover)
  10. '81 (Joanna Newsom cover)
  11. Androgynous (The Replacements cover)
  12. Cannibal Resource (Dirty Projectors cover)
  13. Don't Haunt This Place (The Rural Alberta Advantage cover)
  14. Fake Empire (The National cover)
  15. Zebra (Beach House cover)
  16. King of Spain (The Tallest Man on Earth cover)
  17. Tightrope (Yeasayer cover)
  18. Strings that Tie to You (Jon Brion cover)

The focal point of The Mistress is Schaaf's tender, pleading voice. It's reedy and childlike, and on The Mistress it gets looped and layered, stretched, manipulated; it's stacked up several high and, most often, it's used as an instrument, fleshing out the empty spaces in his bare, searching songs. These songs exist within that push-and-pull, the allure of blind fantasy chased by the bitter sting of reality. Nowhere is this more apparent than in "Mary", a song that begins with optimism and encouragement but crests on a sudden, startling note of despair: "Mary, you are doing drugs — don't you think we know?" Schaaf sings, crestfallen. The confrontation is followed by a crushing silence, before Schaaf's voice — all six harmonizing iterations of it — returns, a soothing cascade of sound.

Alex Schaaf combines kaleidoscopic vocal loops, sparse drums, and electronics into a bubblegum whole with a nuanced, dark edge.
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ORIGINAL VERSION

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CD US$12
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FLAC (download)  US$12
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MP3 (download)  US$10

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