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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman goes solo


Alec Ounsworth is giving fans something to clap about: his debut solo album, Mo Beauty, hits stores today. As frontman for the Brooklyn-and-Philadelphia-based indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ounsworth is known for his unique voice, feautured on CYHSY's self-titled debut album and the follow up Some Loud Thunder, as well as with his other side project Flashy Python.

Despite the fact that this disc is the first to be released under his own name, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone Ounsworth said all three of his projects are essentially solo efforts. In the interview, Ounsworth also discusses the future of CYHSY and his thoughts about his new disc. See the full interview and stream Mo Beauty in its entirety here

Ounsworth's sound on Mo Beauty shares many similarities with the music of CYHSY —  easy to understand considering Ounsworth's unmistakable voice. But his solo sound is decidely more subdued, especially on “Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (Song For New Orleans)" and influenced by the jazz and blues of New Orleans.

-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to "What Fun" by Alec Ounsworth

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