Yellow Ostrich shares single “Any Wonder”

Yellow Ostrich shares new single "Any Wonder" off their upcoming album "Cosmos," which comes out February 25th via Barsuk Records. Yellow Ostrich play SXSW.

New York band Yellow Ostrich recently announced Cosmos, its new album due Feb. 25 on Barsuk. The second single, “Any Wonder” premiered today. The band will head out on a full North American tour at the end of the month with Pattern Is Movement opening, including a stop at SXSW.

Before starting on songwriting for Yellow Ostrich’s latest album, singer/guitarist Alex
Schaaf moved into the band’s Brooklyn practice space and immersed himself in the
study of such astronomers as Carl Sagan and Frank Drake. Keeping up his day job
of digitizing vintage home films by day, Schaaf devoted the next 9 months to
exploring the depths of the galaxy from a tiny windowless room, whose lighting he
synthetically altered to reflect the arrival and passing of daylight each morning and
night. Around the same time, Yellow Ostrich drummer/percussionist Michael Tapper
ventured into the infinite in a much more literal sense by departing on a sailing trip
from Mexico to Hawaii that left him out at sea for nearly a month. Borrowing its title
from Sagan’s 1980 PBS series, Cosmos expands Yellow Ostrich’s intensely guitar-
driven alt-rock with dreamy electronic arrangements to mirror the mood of Schaaf
and Tapper’s retreats away from the everyday world.

“Something I really like about the Carl Sagan way of thinking is how it’s a very un-
ironic and sincere amazement at how the world works,” says Schaaf, who began
Yellow Ostrich as a solo project at age 21. “One of the main things I was thinking
about in writing this album is how to take that viewpoint and bring it into real-world
life,” he adds. “It’s one thing to be reading all these books and watching all these
movies in a very small room, or-as Michael did-to go out and live under the stars for
a while. But trying to inject that pure amazement into day-to-day living in a big city is something completely different.”

Yellow Ostrich
Street Date: Feb. 25, 2014

1. Terrors
2. Neon Fists
3. Shades
4. My Moons
5. You Are The Stars
6. In The Dark
7. Any Wonder
8. How Do You Do It
9. Things Are Fallin’
10. Don’t Be Afraid


02/27 Allston MA – Great Scott
03/03 Washington DC – DC9
03/04 Raleigh NC – Kings
03/05 Atlanta GA – The Earl
03/06 Nashville TN – The High Watt
03/07 Birmingham AL – The Bottletree
03/08 New Orleans LA – Circle Bar
03/09 Houston TX – Fitzgerald’s
03/10 – 03/14 Austin, TX – SXSW
03/15 Scottsdale AZ – Pub Rock Live
03/16 San Diego CA – Casbah
03/18 Los Angeles CA – The Echo
03/19 San Francisco CA – Bottom of The Hill
03/21 Portland OR – Doug Fir Lounge
03/22 Seattle WA – Barboza
03/23 Vancouver BC – Media Club
03/25 Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge
03/26 Denver CO – Hi Dive
03/28 St. Paul MN – Turf Club
03/29 Madison WI – High Noon Saloon
03/30 Milwaukee WI – Turner Hall
03/31 Chicago IL – Schubas
04/01 Indianapolis IN – Do317 Lounge
04/03 Philadelphia PA – Boot & Saddle
04/04 New York NY – Bowery Ballroom

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