Yellow Ostrich

Cosmos (Barsuk)

SXSW 2014 Records

Yellow Ostrich

Cosmos (Barsuk)

Taking its name and inspiration from Carl Sagan's iconic PBS series, Cosmos finds frontman Alex Schaaf contemplating the profound wonders of the universe and his place in it. "I want to float on by," he repeats in "My Moons" amid a post-Kid A backdrop of lunar guitar blips. Of course, Schaaf's not the kind of guy wanting for a metaphor. Primarily a bedroom project, Yellow Ostrich began with emotive four-track missives full of winding narratives and contorted vocal loops. Expanded to a trio, 2012's Strange Land refined the band's angular alt-rock and yielded a few breakout moments. That process repeats on Cosmos with the addition of former Voxtrot keyboardist Jared Van Fleet. The lasting impression might be the 3-D IMAX version of Sandra Bullock in Gravity: Sonically stunning with mainstream appeal, but the dialogue still makes you cringe some. (9pm, Maggie Mae's)

**.5

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Yellow Ostrich
SXSW 2012 Records
Yellow Ostrich
Strange Land (Record Review)

Luke Winkie, March 16, 2012

ACL Music Fest Sunday Reviews
Yellow Ostrich
The Mistress (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Sept. 16, 2011

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Bright Light Social Hour
Jude Vol. 1 (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 8, 2019

Texas Platters
Beth//James
Falling (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, Feb. 8, 2019

More by Austin Powell
Record Review: The Young
Record Review: The Young

Aug. 22, 2014

Pickathon Polishes Off No. 16
Pickathon Polishes Off No. 16
Oregon fest boasts IPAs, ATXs, camping, and sustainability

Aug. 4, 2014

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Yellow Ostrich

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle