Yellow Ostrich Releases Strange Land Streaming on Paste & Spinner This Week

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Barsuk Records is excited to release Yellow Ostrich’s sophomore album Strange Land, out today. The album is currently streaming in full on Paste and Spinner. Recently, SPIN said the new record “finds them declaring themselves a fully formed, teeth-gnashing studio concern,” while Rolling Stone praised the “catchy and guitar-heavy” single “The Shakedown.” In conjunction with the release, the band just launched a headlining tour.

The tour began with a sold out date in Allston, MA at Great Scott on March 3rd and will wrap up with a hometown show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge on April 12th. The jaunt also includes a stop at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, where they will play several showcases (see schedule below).

Strange Land is the follow-up to the acclaimed The Mistress, and is self-produced with engineer Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). With multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez and drummer Michael Tapper in the fold, Strange Land presents Yellow Ostrich fully formed, no longer a bedroom project, but rather now a full-fledged power trio.

“The Mistress was a guy in a bedroom,” says Schaaf, who grew up in Wisconsin and moved to New York in 2010. “Strange Land is a band. In a slightly bigger room.” They recorded most of the tracks in six days in a little studio outside of Woodstock, New York, and so while The Mistress used a purposely limited palette of sounds, Strange Land has a dramatically expanded one: Tapper’s inventive, downright catchy drumming provides a polyrhythmic foundation for many of the songs while Natchez plays no less than 11 different kinds of horns on the album, lending an almost symphonic air, while his nimble bass playing helps propel the music in its exciting new direction.

Yellow Ostrich tour dates:

3/6 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH #
3/7 – The Pike Room at The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI #
3/8 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL #
3/9 – Der Rathskeller – Madison, WI &
3/10 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN #
3/11 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI #
3/13 – French Legation Museum (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/13 – Bat Bar (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/15 – Brooklyn Vegan Showcase at Hotel Vegas (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/15 – Barsuk Records Showcase at Red Eyed Fly (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/16 – Front Gate Ticketing Showcase (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/16 – Home Slice Pizza Showcase (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/17 – 93.3 KGSR Live Broadcast at W Hotel (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/17 – Audiotree Day Party at Swan Dive (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/17 – Baeble Music Showcase at Peckerheads (SXSW) – Austin, TX
3/19 – Solar Culture – Tucson, AZ
3/20 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
3/21 – Bootleg Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
3/23 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA @
3/24 – The Depot at Humboldt State – Arcata, CA
3/26 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR %
3/27 – Media Club – Vancouver, Canada %
3/29 – Flying M Coffee – Nampa, ID %
3/30 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT %
3/31 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO %
4/2 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE %
4/10 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA ^
4/11 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC ^
4/12 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY ^
5/27 – Sasquatch Music Festival – George, WA

# = with 1,2,3
& = with 1,2,3 and Lower Dens
@ = with Lost in the Trees
% = with Howler
^ = with TEEN