After a four-year hiatus, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back and funky. “Under the Earth,” the second single released off of their new album, Mosquito, feels like a ’90s-themed groove track that somehow got lost for almost twenty years.
The song creeps in with eerie lyrics and then brings the beat for the rest of the duration. “Down, down under the earth…” are the first words muttered and lead into a thick bass line complemented by a fast-paced cymbal beat. Soon a constantly changing keyboard riff kicks in to go with the rest of the confusion that’s already going on.
Above all, “Under the Earth” reeks with confidence. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs seem like this is exactly what they wanted to do in their return. This song sounds premeditated and seems as if it took multiple takes to finally get the right track on tape. It’s the kind of sound that you can picture as the background music on a dark, rainy night in the heart of New York City. “Under the Earth” is an ironic name because it feels as if the song was created underground and is just now crawling up to the surface.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs aren’t going to be the type of headliner that would draw you to a large festival. They won’t be the band that convinces you to drop all of your spare
money on them. What they will do, though, is keep you entertained. “Under the Earth” isn’t a run-of-the-mill song that you can find being made by multiple bands. This is one of those songs that brings you back to listen to again and again because you know that it isn’t being made elsewhere. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back; “Under the Earth” is just proof.
You can listen to “Under the Earth” for yourself at the New York Times’ official website.