Yoni Wolf’s dynamic indie-rap combo will be baffling and beguiling us all over again later this year.
The former cLOUDDEAD baritone has been toiling away with his one-time side gig since 2003. Originally a solo project, Wolf clubbed up with his brother Josiah, Doug McDiarmid and Matt Meldon around 2005 and turned Why? into a full-blown band project. The Californian outfit specialise in slanted indie-rock, offset by Wolf’s mumbled prognostications and gnomic patter. When the combination works, as on 2008’s peerless Alopecia, it really works.
Exclaim report that the band now have a new six-track EP on the way. In keeping with their predilection for nifty album titles, the disc will called Sod In The Seed. Interestingly, the EP will feature orchestral instrumentation including a choir. We can also allegedly look forward to “psych-warped sunshine choruses, folksy jangle, internally knotted rhyme schemes, confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details.” – which, on the whole, sounds very Why? indeed. The Wolf brothers producers the record themselves. The title track is available to stream below.
An album is also in the works: data is scarce, but the album is expected to arrive in Autumn. Said record would be the band’s fifth LP, and the first since 2009’s rap-lite Eskimo Snow. The band’s forthcoming European tour dates are also below.
1. Sod in the Seed
2. For Someone
3. The Plan
4. Probably Cause
5. Twenty Seven
6. Shag Carpet
October 5 Dusseldorf, Germany – New Fall Festival
October 6 Evreux, France – L’abordage
October 7 Paris, France – Maroquinerie
October 8 Brighton, UK – Old Market
October 9 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
October 10 Manchester, UK – Central Methodist Church
October 11 Bristol, UK – Fleece
October 12 Glasgow, UK – SWG3
October 13 Oxford, UK – The Bullingdon
October 15 Berlin, Germany – Volksbuhne