“Henrietta” is the newest song from Yeasayer, based on Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cells created the HeLa line – an immortal cell line for medical research. It plays heavily on the electronic sounds and beats we have come to expect from Yeasayer. In their new album, Fragrant World, they say that they aimed for a more funky and sci-fi sound; something that would fit in Blade Runner. It’s a bit convoluted for my tastes but maybe you will like it.
“We’re using a lot of sci-fi music elements, and combining them with soul music is our overarching theme. I don’t know if that comes across, but I think it does.”