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Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s new song “As Always”

on May 14, 2014, 1:20pm

As previously reported, Philly’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will self-release their fourth studio album, Only Run, on June 3rd. In a press release, frontman Alec Ounsworth said the album is about “balancing optimism in the face of overwhelming odds”. More than just an over-arching concept, that sentiment’s also an apt description for the latest single, “As Always”.

Here, Ounsworth’s forceful wail serves as a beam of ethereal optimism and pure emotion. All the while, the “overwhelming odds”, as represented by an ominous, almost spooky deluge of drums and guitars, inch closer and closer to consuming the entire soundscape. The song’s success is less about which force ends up winning and more about the captivating emotional back-and-forth that results.

Watch the accompanying music video below, which features a man an engaged in an evening of some heavy-duty debauchery.

For more sounds, check out the Matt Berninger-aided “Coming Down“.

In support of the album, CYHSY has expanded their upcoming tour schedule, which sees them on the road in the U.S. from early June to mid-August. Consult the full schedule below.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 2014 Tour Dates:
05/15 – Manchester, UK @ Living Room Show
05/16 – London, UK @ Living Room Show
06/02 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
06/03 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
06/04 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
06/05 – Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
06/06 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
06/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell Stage)
06/08 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
06/10 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
06/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
06/12 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
06/13 – Chicago, IL @ Taste of Randolph
06/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
06/16 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
06/17 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
06/18 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
06/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
07/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Fountain Square
07/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
07/27 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
07/28 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
07/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
07/30 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
08/01 – Vancouver, BC @Biltmore Cabaret
08/02 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
08/03 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
08/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
08/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
08/08 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
08/09 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
08/11 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
08/12 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
08/13 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
08/14 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
08/15 – Chattanooga, TN @ Miller Plaza
08/16 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
08/17 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
09/06 – Tokyo, Japan @ Club Quatro
09/08 – Osaka, Japan @ Club Quatro

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