What are we to make of the world? In many ways, the title "New Fragility" perfectly sums up our collective state of unease and anxiety, but it's particularly apt for singer songwriter Alec Ounsworth aka Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the trauma he's spent the best part of three years processing. Yet it also showcases what Ounsworth has become so masterful at - couching a certain level of seriousness in something fun. Something danceable. It's what's powered some of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's most memorable moments, and what makes "New Fragility" such an accomplished, affecting record.
Powerful too, taking aim at what Ounsworth calls "the failed democratic experiment that is the United States of America" and the supine hypocrisy of those currently in government. Trace the arc of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's evolution and it shows an accomplished musician and composer sounding ever more confident, constantly refining and broadening his sound and indulging an ever wider set of influences. Few have been as consistently brilliant, eclectic, and intimate; fewer still have done so while being defiantly, 100% independent, refusing to sign deals that compromise artistic vision.