Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announce new album, The Tourist, share “Fireproof” — listen

Plus, Alec Ounsworth will embark on a North American tour in February


    On February 24th, indie rock songwriter Alec Ounsworth will return with a new album as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Dubbed The Tourist, it will serve as his fifth full-length under the moniker and the follow-up to 2014’s Only Run.

    The Tourist was recorded over the course of a week at Dr. Dog’s studio in Philadelphia. Its 10 tracks were engineered by Nick Krill of The Spinto Band and mixed by Dave Fridmann, who assisted on two of CYHSY’s previous LPs. Musically, the album is said to be a “nod” to Ounsworth’s inspirations, such as Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Paul Simon, and features keyboard-laden cuts alongside more folk-based numbers.

    “I wanted to experiment with packing lyrics,” Ounsworth says in a press release. “On this album, the lyrics and vocal melody effectively carry the songs, maybe more than anything else. Elvis Costello does this really well on his song ‘Beyond Belief,’ as does Paul Simon on his solo albums.”


    In terms of theme, Ounsworth uses The Tourist to reflect on an emotional last couple of years, describing the songs as a “type of purge.” A “purge of certain emotional confusion that manifested itself in the last several years,” he explains. “I’d rather not say that it was a dark time, but it was a difficult time in my life — among the most difficult. But I needed and need to try to let it go. And this is how I let things go.”

    To preview the upcoming effort, Ounsworth has shared “Fireproof,” which he tells NPR is “really a be-careful-what-you-wish-for kind of song.” Stream it down below.

    The Tourist Artwork:


    The Tourist Tracklist:
    01. The Pilot
    02. A Chance To Cure
    03. Down (is Where I Want To Be)
    04. Unfolding Above Celibate Moon (Los Angeles Nursery Rhyme)
    05. Better Off
    06. Fireproof
    07. The Vanity Of Trying
    08. Loose Ends
    09. Ambulance Chaser
    10. Visiting Hours


    In support of the LP, Ounsworth will head out on a North American tour beginning in February.

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 2017 Tour Dates:
    03/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    03/03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
    03/04 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
    03/05 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    03/07 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
    03/08 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
    03/09 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
    03/10 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    03/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    03/12 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
    03/14 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    03/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    03/16 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    03/17 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
    03/18 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
    03/19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    03/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
    03/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    03/23 – Visalia, CA @ Roxy Theatre
    03/25 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    04/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    04/20 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    04/21 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder
    04/22 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
    04/25 – Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
    04/26 – Miami, FL @ Gramps
    04/27 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
    04/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    04/29 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
    04/30 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
    05/02 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
    05/03 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Backroom
    05/04 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
    05/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
    05/06 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

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