Sometimes I just want to listen to some good ol’ pop melodies. A fella can’t just listen to noise and free jazz all the time. But when I’m turning on the radio in the Taco Bell drive-thru, I can’t help but feel unsatisfied. I just wish intelligent people would make pop music, an artist with some goddamned self-awareness that can still write a hook. Well I must still be in a drive-thru, because someone just took that order!
Experimental composer, violinist, noisist, and Burning Star Core persona C. Spencer Yeh has established himself as a key figure in the avant scene and is now making his way over to pop music. Yeh has always dabbled with indie rock compositions, with a collection titled Songs 2002 recently reissued on cassette and a 7-inch, In the Blink of an Eye, both through De Stijl Records. Now Yeh’s first full-length pop record, Transitions, is available through the same De Stijl later this month.
The album’s single, “Whose Life,” can be heard below (via SoundCloud). And the whole damn album can be heard on the street (34 East 1st Street, NYC, to be exact) at the Silver Sound Box outside of Audio Visual Arts until October 13. Visitors are welcome to plug their headphones into the box at any hour of the day.
C. Spencer Yeh will debut Transitions to the world in a live setting at De Stijl’s CMJ event on October 19 at Death by Audio in Brooklyn. He’s put together The CS Yeh Band with Daren Ho and Ryan Sawyer, who has an improv quartet record coming soon with Yeh, Colin Stetson, and Nate Wooley.
So please pull around to the second window and receive your Transitions.