When The White Stripes, The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs strode purposefully into our consciousness in the low end of the noughties, it was difficult to envisage that all three would still be releasing material in 2010. These exciting bands seemed too cool, too arty, too fashionable to survive. Yet here we are, right here, right now with a new video from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Good music won out.
We’ve always found some of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs slowest songs their most perfect. From the powerful and beguiling Maps to one of the standout tracks from the bands 2009 release - It’s Blitz - the song Skeletons. With this tune the Yeah Yeah Yeahs take the less is more approach, stripping things back to the bones. There’s an almost complete single syllable simplicity to Skeletons. “Love, my name. Love, left dry. Frost or flame. Skeleton me.” The words construct their own frame which enables the glacial pulsing synthtopia to find something to wrap itself around, before layers of gigantic icy pulsing electronics and call to arms percussion build the piece to a misty mountain peak.
Skeletons will be released as a digital bundle single on the 1st February together with a new acoustic version of the song. Do yourself a favour today, stay in, don’t go down the pub, and use the money you save to buy this wonderful work instead.