May 16, 2012

Henrietta

If you didn't already know, now you do: Yeasayer revealed a new song online recently, a track that happens to be singer Chris Keating's favorite track off their upcoming full-length (though it's still a mystery as to when that will come out or what it's going to be called). The song, "Henrietta", was inspired by Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman who died from a rare form of cancer and (unknowingly) contributed cells that were then cultured to create an immortal line of cells that were used for important medical research. The new Yeasayer track seems to hold onto Keating's signature vocals while the band's instrumentation has gotten more bass-heavy and groovy; the track evolves over almost five minutes, from an immediately catchy intro beat into a slow-burning jam that has Keating singing "Oh Henrietta / We can live on forever" over and over, mantra-esque — while we may not all be able to live forever, it looks like Henrietta really might.

Yeasayer - Henrietta

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