If you were to take members of the Magnetic Fields, the Mountain Goats, and Los Campesinos, plunk them into the San Francisco lit scene for a few years, and tell them to write about heartbreak in a way that won't kill anyone's Sunday afternoon Dolores Park buzz, you might get something like the Yellow Dress. “Here's a picture of the house I'd like to build for us someday/ This may seem unrealistic, I'm not very good with my hands,” sings Dan Weiss over jangly guitar and glockenspiel, with a summery swell of vocals behind him. This eight-piece lineup of indie-folksters has long been considered the unofficial house band for McSweeneys, the Rumpus, and the like; at the former's recent 15th anniversary party, the band shared a bill with John Vanderslice and Sonny Smith of Sonny and the Sunsets. The Yellow Dress' new, third record, Faint Music // Ordinary Light, represents its most polished sound yet, but the album's almost literary self-doubt and good-natured sense of humor are both happily intact.
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