Each week, WMSE adds quite a bit of new music to the shelves and when reporting to CMJ (the College Music Journal), we pick which weekly releases we think the collective DJs at the station will take to the airwaves the most. This past Monday saw ‘adds’ on new releases from Mates of State, St. Vincent, Wild Flag, Blitzen Trapper and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. A pretty good cavalcade into many more Fall releases to come, we think.
While compiling these reports, we noticed something unique about Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s latest, Hysterical — it had no label, marked as ‘self-released’, which upon further research, seems to be the norm for the band with their previous U.S. releases. Yet…still pretty curious, as the band’s albums have fared strikingly well for independent music releases here in the U.S., their first even securing a spot in NPR’s All Songs Considered ’50 Most Important Recordings of the Decade’ . Billboard.com recently wrote of the the band’s label-shyness, quoting that sans label, ” the act has shipped more than 25,000 copies since July, fulfilling most orders itself from a Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment.” Is CYHSY furthering a trend for more formidable independent musicians and bands? Peek into the Billboard.com article to see the method and the means one group is seeking out in promoting and releasing their music and also check out a brief preview of Hysterical, above.