Why? returns with their first new releases since 2009, the six track Sod in the Seed EP out August 14 in North America on Anticon / Aug. 13 in Europe on City Slang and a new LP (title TBA) to follow later this Fall. The trio heads out on a national tour with Anticon labelmates Serengeti, Doseone, Jel, Sodapop, and others. Listen to the title track from the EP now.
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Three years after WHY? turned the oft-boxed music world on its cauliflower ear with a pair of odd pop stunners-Alopecia and its quieter cousin Eskimo Snow-these meticulous and morbid Midwestern men return refreshed, a new album in the holster and an EP for your immediate enjoyment. Sod in the Seed is a scion of the WHY? To come. Sure, there's familiarity to glom to: psych-warped sunshine choruses, folksy jangle, internally knotted rhyme schemes, confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details. But these new songs also signify a general toughening up: Yoni Wolf, Josiah Wolf and Doug McDiarmid in the pocket, the unbreakable rock core at the center of a spinning ball of sound. Far from their native Cincinnati, the band spent a month and a half in the Denton, Texas, studio of Centro-Matic's Matt Pence, and wrangled an ace crew of University of North Texas gunslingers to exact their wilder schemes: woodwinds, horns, strings, a choir. While the interim between WHY? releases found the fellas turning out intimate tunes for lucky fans (via their Golden Ticket contest) and intricate beats for rapper Serengeti's praised Family & Friends LP, Sod in the Seed marks a genuine culmination. Here, the "blundering braggart" and his right-hand dudes detail dastardly deeds and hopeless romanticisms over a colorful and living score.
The titular opener builds upon the ambitious rhyme schemes and sardonic self-awareness of fan favorites "By Torpedo or Crohn's" and "The Fall of Mr. Fifths." The upbeat rhythm and bright hook belie Yoni's words-a damned if you do or don't treatise on first world problems. "For Someone" takes a different tack, unraveling a series of arcane directives via fake bookcases, coded frequencies and ragged maps-a mystery, essentially, left for the woman who would meet our anti-hero at the precise coordinates as dawn breaks. While "The Plan" offers buzzing, bluesy Americana, the brief "Probable Cause" blows through on a tropical breeze. And with its blooming brass notes and vibraphone plinking, "Twenty Seven" could pass for a Magnetic Fields standout, albeit with the aloof braininess swapped out for relatable intimacy: "I am no longer your unsure lover/I pull nothing from a flower." Finally, Sod in the Seed ends where it began: Yoni unspooling swaggering raps and backwards brags, but this time over a Reichian choir and orchestral percussion. Produced by the Wolf brothers and mixed in Atlanta by Graham Marsh (Cee-Lo Green, Katy Perry) with Yoni, every song pops exactly as it should, smearing genre with pointed intent until the end result is a gorgeously articulated work of unusual artistry and catchiness -- a WHY? record, of course.