Much like Philip Seymour Hoffman before Capote
or Jeremy Piven before Entourage
, KC music staple Jon Yeager
is the kind of guy everybody knows without knowing anything about. As the former co-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the now-defunct quartet the Daybirds, Yeager helped educate locals on what quasi-experimental Britpop was supposed to sound like. But on Foi
(French for faith
), his first solo full-length and the follow-up to his well-received EP Truth & Volume
, Yeager doesn't go for the boundary-pushing power-pop jugular. Instead, he opts for a subtle, layered approach that at times clings to the short-term memory like a static-laden sock. Whereas his previous work with the Daybirds focused on Beatles revivalism, Foi
uses stripped-down guitars and steadfast drumbeats to accentuate Yeager's Michael Bublé-meets-Morrissey vocals. Not every song is unforgettable (the album's gentle closing track, "Wouldn't You Be With Me," is more of a sleep aid than an aphrodisiac), but the bulk of Yeager's work is likable and unexpectedly sexy. Music this mellow isn't supposed to be memorable. Guess nobody told Yeager.