Blog-rock buzz band returns with fifth full-length

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is the archetypal early 2000s blog band that built a following based on Internet buzz from first-generation MP3 blogs, and that origin story ensures the indie-pop band's 2005 self-titled debut will likely always be the best-known and most-beloved album in its catalog. But last month, frontman Alec Ounsworth released CYHSY's fifth album, The Tourist, which he wrote after a particularly difficult time in his life. The lyric-focused record finds him cathartically working through that period, and the emotional purge led to new sounds; “Better Off,” for instance, evokes Thom Yorke fronting the War on Drugs. (Think twice)