Why this tune isn’t on either of Yeasayer’s albums is inconceivable, but as a result, ‘Tightrope’ is officially the best b-side ever. Of course, they have the dynamic ‘2080’ from All Hour Cymbals or the spiritual ‘Madder Red’ from Odd Blood, but ‘Tightrope’ is often considered to be Yeasayer’s best. You can see how it hasn’t made it on to their albums though; it just doesn’t have the same grandeur their other tracks possess.
But this track epitomises Yeasayer more than any other; soft, sensual and beautifully uplifting. Hearing this tune live takes life on a whole new journey.