Yeasayer debuted as prog-rock mystics, but the technophile undercurrent that pulsed through debut "All Hour Cymbals" becomes prominent on "Odd Blood," the Brooklyn hypemongers' stimulating sophomore offering.

Yeasayer debuted as prog-rock mystics, but the technophile undercurrent that pulsed through debut "All Hour Cymbals" becomes prominent on "Odd Blood," the Brooklyn hypemongers' stimulating sophomore offering.

Most of the record is a software-enhanced update of 1980s synth-pop - less like Peter Gabriel's Genesis and more like the bands that shared radio time with him in the Reagan era, from Toto to Tears for Fears. The avant-pop pleasure of the album's first half more than makes up for the off-target experimentations of side two.

When Yeasayer performs with chillwave valedictorian Washed Out on Wednesday at Newport, Columbus product Ahmed "Sinkane" Gallab will be part of the trio's expanded stage band, a gig he's been holding down for the past year after stints touring with Caribou, Of Montreal and Born Ruffians.