New music: Yeah Yeah Yeahs return with eclectic single "Sacrilege"

by Peter Valelly

"Sacrilege," the new single from Yeah Yeah Yeahs. (Courtesy of the artist)

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Sacrilege," the first single from their forthcoming fourth album Mosquito, is a jagged, unpredictable tune that combines many of the strengths the band has demonstrated over their 13-year evolution. The song bears the lo-fi production values that marked the trio's earliest releases, but moves beyond the post-punk influenced bare-bones rock sound they adopted back then - the song's climax even abruptly incorporates a wailing gospel choir. Meanwhile, singer Karen O.'s vocals move between punk shrieking and the radiantly emotive crooning she memorably adopted on songs like the band's 2004 hit "Maps."

It's a winning encapsulation of the spastic versatility that made the Yeah Yeah Yeahs one of the most exciting bands of 2000s—and if "Sacrilege" is any indication of what Mosquito has in store, that's a title they're poised to hold on to in the 2010s.