The same tingly feeling when I first played All Hour Cymbals, Yeasayer's world-beat masterpiece, returned when I heard the lead track from Rainbow Arabia's upcoming LP. This is across-the-world pop -- rooted to nothing except novelty and inclusive of everything that makes one move.

Apparently the band started when Danny and Tiffany Preston purchased "a Lebanese Casio that played microtonal scales and Eastern beats, with which they quickly recorded their propulsive first EP." They must've gotten some other instruments from interesting places and put them to work on Boys And Diamonds, which emerges March 1.

Rainbow Arabia -- "Without You"