WHY? has got a lot to live up to after Elephant Eyelash, which was easily one of the best albums from 2005 (and probably my favorite from that year). But if the first single off the upcoming Alopecia is any indication, Yoni and crew’ve still got this shit on lock.
“The Hollows” is certainly grounded in the kind of intricate pop that characterized Elephant Eyelash, but everything has been twisted into something significantly darker; soaring piano arpeggios are supplanted by ominous harpsichord and acoustic guitars have become cutting, muted electric riffs. Gone is the fragile, brokenhearted Yoni Wolf of yesteryear… instead, we find him replaced with a more bitter version of himself, relating stories of malaise and alienation. As usual, the lyrical imagery is vivid, abstract, and compelling, focusing more on conveying emotion and mood than on crafting anything too concrete.
On top of this gem, the U.S. single will also include a Dntel remix of “By Torpedo or Crohn’s” (another track from the upcoming album), Xiu Xiu covering “Yoyo Bye Bye” from Elephant Eyelash, as well as a medley of WHY? songs performed by Half-Handed Cloud. Nice. Alopecia doesn’t come out until March of 2008, but hopefully that’ll be enough to tide us over until then.