Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Let It Sway”


Where should I begin with this record? The third release by indie darlings, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin titled Let it Sway (Polyvinyl), is more than an album. It’s a piece of art.

For years the band has been known for their sugary pop tunes and songs that you “just can’t get out of your head,” but this time they have taken it to a whole new level. Working with Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, and Sparklehorse’s Beau Sorenson, this is the first release that they did not record and produce themselves.

Notably a big step for the band, some wondered what if Walla changed too many qualities that we love about SSLYBY? Luckily, it worked in everyone’s favor as their music was enhanced not changed which is something very important when you have a formula that already works.

The opener “Back in the Saddle,” already proves the new found maturity of the band in the record. Starting off with a soft piano accompanied by Phil Dickey’s voice, the song starts to switch it up around the 2:40 mark with a pouncing beat, John Robert Cardwell’s vocals, and perfect, and I mean perfect harmonies. From the second the album starts there is not a dull moment which is very important. “Sink/Let it Sway,” the first single, draws you in even more with it’s pop hooks. A fun song that will have you up and dancing around the room in no time. “Banned (By the Man),” is where even more vocal magic comes in. The harmonies throughout every song is outstanding. The songs are well crafted from start to finish with no details being left out. Every instrument shines for itself, being emphasized at every point possible creating an epic barrier of sound.

“In Pairs,” makes me want to dance. There is something about it. The Dickey/Cardwell penned tune was also written by Grace Bentley, Phil’s wife (Congrats Newlyweds!). Though the vocal lines in the song are short, it works and it works well. “My Terrible Personality,” is another track that will have your ass out of the seat dancing. I can’t even properly review it because it just makes me want to have fun. This is something the Yeltsins are good at, very, very good at.

One of my personal favorite tracks from the record, “Everlyn,” sounds a bit heartbreaking, and oozes pure beauty. Clearly a song about lost love, it seems like it comes from a personal place that Cardwell knows all too well. I cannot get enough of this song and with first listen you will know exactly why. It’s beautiful in every way. “Oh Everyln, won’t you let me in?” croons Cardwell, invoking a great deal of emotion. Kudos to Will Knauer and Jonathan James for always being spot on with their playing.

“Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro,” is the only song on the album that takes the band back in time a bit, proving they are still the Yeltsins that we fell in love with at the beginning. “All Hail Dracula!” which has been a fan favorite since the boys started playing it live at their shows in 2009, brings the record back up with a burst of energy once again. A witty song about vampires, this one will have you putting it on repeat.

Cardwell takes over the mic again after two Dickey songs for “Critical Drain,” and the harmonies are back in full force that will stop you in your tracks. The album gets a little darker with “Animalkind,” and borders on making you want to shake your ass and just sit and take it all in. It’s your choice. Make it a good one.

“Phantomwise,” is the epitome of how SSLYBY has grown on this record. It’s where everything fully pulls together. All of the elements of the album brought into one song. You can tell that the band has consciously made a decision to grow, but it doesn’t seem forced at all. It is the most natural progression you could ever expect. Closing for good with “Made to Last,” Let It Sway goes out with a BANG. A little on the haunting side, it makes for the perfect ending song, and if I had it my way, the album would just go on forever. It makes me hungry for more SSLYBY.

If you order the record from the band’s label, Polyvinyl Records, you get three bonus songs, “Bended,” “Cardinal Rules,” (The song about their hometown minor league baseball team), and “Tanks Jam.” Well worth ordering the disc or vinyl online.

Congratulations Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. You’ve made your best record yet. And we love it to pieces.

The band heads out on an extensive tour that starts this Thursday in Columbia, MO. Take a look at where they’ll be below.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Everlyn” by ModernMysteryBlog

SSLYBY Tour Dates

08/26/10 – Thu
Columbia, MO
Forrest Rose Park

08/28/10 – Sat
Springfield, MO
The Outland Ballroom

08/31/10 – Tue
St. Louis, MO
The Firebird

09/01/10 – Wed
Urbana, IL
Canopy Club

09/02/10 – Thu
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall

09/03/10 – Fri
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick

09/04/10 – Sat
Toronto, Canada
El Mocambo Club

09/06/10 – Mon
Montreal, QC, Canada
Casa del Popolo

09/07/10 – Tue
Cambridge, MA
TT the Bear’s Place

09/08/10 – Wed
New York, NY
Bowery Ballroom

09/10/10 – Fri
Washington, DC
Black Cat

09/11/10 – Sat
Philadelphia, PA
The Barbary

9/12/10 – Sun
Cleveland, OH
Grog Shop

09/13/10 – Mon
Columbus, OH
The Basement

09/30/10 – Thu
Graz, Austria
PPC

10/01/10 – Fri
Zagreb, Croatia
SC Teatar & TD

10/02/10 – Sat
Aflenz, Austria
Sublime

10/03/10 – Sun
Vienna, Austria
Chelsea

10/04/10 – Mon
Munich, Germany
Kranhalle

10/05/10 – Tue
Milano, Italy
Rocket

10/06/10 – Wed
Lausanne , Switzerland
Bleu Lezard

10/07/10 – Thu
Basel, Switzerland
Kaserne

10/10/10 – Sun
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
The Forum
Purchase

10/11/10 – Mon
London, United Kingdom
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

10/12/10 – Tue
Ghent, Belgium
Democrazy @ Charlatan

10/13/10 – Wed
Düsseldorf, Germany
Pretty Vacant

10/14/10 – Thu
Leuven, Belgium
Stuk

10/16/10 – Sat
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paradiso

10/17/10 – Sun
Hamburg, Germany
Molotow

10/18/10 – Mon
Aarhus, Denmark
Musikcafeen

10/20/10 – Wed
Stockholm, Sweden
Debaser

10/21/10 – Thu
Copenhagen, Denmark
Lades

10/22/10 – Fri
Berlin, Germany
Bang Bang Club

10/23/10 – Sat
Offenbach, Germany
Hafen 2

10/28/10 – Thu
Suttgart, Denmark
Jugendhaus West

11/01/10 – Mon
Omaha, NE
Slowdown Jr.

11/03/10 – Wed
Minneapolis, MN
7th Street Entry

11/04/10 – Thu
Ames, IA
Maintenance Shop

11/05/10 – Fri
Lawrence, KS
Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall

11/06/10 – Sat
Denver, CO
Hi-Dive

11/07/10 – Sun
Salt Lake City, UT
Kilby Court

11/10/10 – Wed
Nampa, ID
Flying M Coffee

11/11/10 – Thu
Seattle, WA
Neumos

11/12/10 – Fri
Vancouver, Canada
Biltmore Cabaret

11/13/10 – Sat
Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge

11/15/10 – Mon
San Francisco, CA
Bottom of the Hill

11/16/10 – Tue
Los Angeles, CA
Spaceland

11/18/10 – Thu
Santa Barbara, CA
Jensen’s

11/19/10 – Fri
La Jolla, CA
The Loft (UC San Diego)

11/20/10 – Sat
Phoenix, AZ
Trunk Space

11/22/10 – Mon
Austin, TX
The Mohawk

11/23/10 – Tue
Dallas, TX
House of Blues – Pontiac Garage

11/24/10 – Wed
Norman, OK
The Opolis

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Release New Track, “Banned (By the Man)”


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has just released a sneak peak at another song on their highly anticipated third Polyvinyl release, Let It Sway. The track is titled “Banned (By the Man)” and is a nice follow up to the first song they put out as the single, “Sink/Let It Sway.” SSLYBY can do indie pop like no other band out there. Each song is infectious and their talents are proven in every song. “Banned (By the Man)” featurs amazing harmonies on the band’s part which they really haven’t played around with too much in the past. The Chris Walla produced record will be out on August 17th. The Yeltsins are about to become HUGE.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin “Banned (By the Man)” by ModernMysteryBlog

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Releases Album Documentry and Tour Dates

There are 56 days until the new album by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin titled Let It Sway (Polyvinyl) hits stores. Yes I am so excited that I actually just counted the days until I get the record in my hands. That’s August 17th if you need some help there.

The band has just announced some great news that they will be doing a headlining tour with openers Telekinisis, starting the end of August. I have a feeling this is only the start of the tour dates. This may be the album that makes SSLYBY huge, especially with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla behind it. This is the first release that they didn’t produce themselves.

SSLYBY has also put out a mini documentry for the album which has drummer/singer/guitarist Phil Dickey narrating. It shows the band in their daily crazy life and making the record in the studio(s). It really gives an insight, and a little listen, to Let It Sway.

Give it a view below, and be sure to notice the red plaid scarf that bass player Will Knauer is wearing. It makes an appearance three times. I gave him that for Christmas. Am I famous now??

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Tour Dates08/31 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird *
09/01 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club *
09/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
09/03 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
09/04 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo *
09/06 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo *
09/07 – Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears *
09/08 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
09/10 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
09/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary *
09/12 – Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop *
09/13 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement *

* = w/ Telekinisis

The scarf!

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Announce New Record Title, Tracklisting and a Free Song!


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is set to release their newest record on August 17th, and this morning, they have finally given it a title and cover to share with the world. Titled Let it Sway, the band’s third album on their home of Polyvinyl Records is going to be an amazing one. But aren’t all of SSLYBY’s releases amazing?

The guys are also giving you the first single, “Sink / Let it Sway” from the new record to download for free. Head over to HERE to sign up to their mailing list and to discover your favorite new band!

Starting today, Polyvinyl Records is also starting a presale for the album which includes awesome bundle packs that include all sorts of goodies, including a sweet new tote bag! (I’m excited!!) Be sure to order early! Take a look at the Polyvinyl preorder.

Play SSLYBY’s new tune “Sink / Let it Sway” below. (We’d put it as a download but then what if you didn’t go to the site?!)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin “Sink / Let it Sway” by modernmysteryblog

Let it Sway Tracklisting

1. Back in the Saddle
2. Sink/Let it Sway
3. Banned (By the Man)
4. In Pairs
5. My Terrible Personality
6. Everlyn
7. Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro
8. All Hail Dracula!
9. Critical Drain
10. Animalkind
11. Phantomwise
12. Made to Last