Fragrant World (2012) Ever since these arty Brooklyn kids broke through five years ago with their eclectic debut All Hour Cymbals — just try to find a circa-2007… 2012-08-21 Yeasayer Indie Rock Secretly Canadian
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Fragrant World (2012)

INDIE SOCIETY Fragrant World delivers a sensory overload with cooky, polished dance anthems
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INDIE SOCIETY Fragrant World delivers a sensory overload with cooky, polished dance anthems
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 21, 2012; Lead Performance: Yeasayer; Genre: Indie Rock; Production: Secretly Canadian

Ever since these arty Brooklyn kids broke through five years ago with their eclectic debut All Hour Cymbals — just try to find a circa-2007 indie mixtape that didn't have ''2080'' on it — they've been one of the scene's biggest question marks. While 2010's Odd Blood leaned harder on psychedelia, Fragrant World sheds yet another skin, forsaking much of Blood's poncho-friendly experimentalism. The result is something both tighter and somehow weirder, tethering college-dance-party grooves to the band's far-out secret-society visions. If the secrets of the Freemasons are encoded somewhere in these lyrics, we're glad to keep digging. B+

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Originally posted Aug 22, 2012 Published in issue #1222 Aug 31, 2012 Order article reprints