It has been more then two years since Yeasayer released their last album Odd Blood, so it’s exciting to hear they have finally returned with a new track called Henrietta. The song appeared online last week after the band sent CD’s containing it to fans on their mailing list.
It’s a really nice track filled with familiar Yeasayer vocals, an electro groove and a slight reggae vibe. The chorus takes a little while to get to but it’s a wonderful moment when vocalist Chris Keating begins to repeat the words “Oh, Henrietta – We can live forever”. This is in reference to Henrietta Lacks, a woman who, after her death, had her cells extracted and cultured to create the “immortal cell line.” This was a huge breakthrough in medical science and it ultimately led to the polio vaccine as well as many other medical breakthroughs.