Why? release a brand new album, Alopecia, on 10th March via Anticon (US) and Tomlab (UK). I received an advance copy last week because I’m so cool (okay, I actually begged for it) and I can report that it’s actually even better than 2005’s Elephant Eyelash. Seriously, it really is that good.
In addition to his brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid, Yoni Wolf is also joined on this album by Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson of Fog. Together, the five recorded Alopecia’s fourteen tracks live, lending the backing to Wolf’s quickly observed lyrics a loose and immediate feel.
The eclectic mix of hip hop, indie and psychedelia that made songs like Rubber Traits and more recently The Hollows so popular is still very much intact. However, on Alopecia it’s explored further and taken down a variety of new avenues.
As is traditional when you have a lengthy tour and new album release ahead of you, Why? have released a cover of Close To Me by The Cure for free.