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Yeasayer at the Commodore Ballroom – photos

Yeasayer concert photo

Yeasayer at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Aug 29 2012. Kirk Chantraine photo

Photos – Yeasayer at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Aug 29 2012

– by Kirk Chantraine

Yeasayer brought their Fragrant World Tour to the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver Wednesday night. The show was moved from the outdoor venue the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

Fragrant World is the title of the Brooklyn band’s follow-up to their breakout second album, 2010’s Odd Blood. Self-produced, the album has been receiving mixed reviews; Pitchfork and Spin both gave it mediocre scores.

As the press release puts it, “This is not a dish of pop rocks like Odd Blood, instead Fragrant World is something much weirder and darker.”

In Fragrant World‘s defense, the Vancouver Sun‘s Francois Marchand wrote that “Yeasayer’s synthetic ’80s new-age/synthpop edges and world music influences are toned down to a more ‘adult’ level on its latest, something that could potentially disappoint fans (and critics) who were looking for an album that would be more like Odd Blood‘s first half, which hit hard and fast with poppy singles like ‘Madder Red’ and ‘O.N.E.'”

The band’s full-length debut, All Hour Drums, was released in 2007.

For the Fragrant World Tour, the band decided to push the boundaries of the live show. They approached The Creators Project, a global initiative by Intel and VICE magazine, to help them turn their stage show into what a press release calls an “immersive sci-fi experience of light and color.”

The shows feature futuristic mirrored architecture, videos via Yoshi Sodeoka, and custom visual software.

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Kirk Chantraine

About Kirk Chantraine

Kirk Chantraine is a Canadian photographer and software developer currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Vancouver Film School for 3D Animation in 2004 and has been working in the Visual Effects industry ever since with companies such as Electronic Arts and Disney. Over the last few years Kirk has exhibited his photographic works in San Francisco and Vancouver. A music aficionado and vinyl junkie, Kirk shoots live music and performance at an inhuman pace across North America for The Snipe News , along with landscape and portraiture. If you're buying: gin-and-tonics. He is @kchantraine on Twitter.
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