BioAfter years of banging keyboards in various humorously titled projects, Hall and Davis formed the group that is paradoxically their most serious and playful. Their first recorded statement, Herringbone, was a breezy and uplifting affair – amalgamating the joyous afrobeat of originator Fela Kuti and the Soukous vibes of Nico Kasanda with the quirk of Beat Happening and the light psychedelic flouris…hes and childhood naivety of Animal Collective. However, Way Yes are quite deceptive songwriters, and they demonstrate their prowess on all cylinders with their new EP – Walkability. Hiding heavy lyrical content under the positive tropical vibes, Walkability addresses everything from death of loved ones to the existential crises of the daily grind. Additionally, the five songs of Walkability make masterful use of sonic space, keeping the instrumentation sparse and the reverb heavy to provide a deceivingly introspective experience against the layered dance rhythms. While myriad themes and emotions lie under the service of Way Yes, their primary directive was certainly accomplished – a sonically diverse windows-down, exuberant listening experience. As Travis explains “I think we both like to keep music ‘light’ if that makes sense. I like the juxtaposition of darker subject matter with more uplifting/breezy music. We just want the music to naturally make people feel good.” Walkability is a declaration of a young band masterfully and rapidly maturing.