All My Little Words

Awards! Huh! What are they good for? Absolutely nothing. Part I.

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on December 23, 2008


Why? – Alopecia

“Even though I haven’t seen you in years/Yours is a funeral I’d fly to from anywhere”

I’m not sure when it happened but I’ve either reached an age, or passed a quantity of musical consumption, where elusive is the instance of discovering something that seems truly new and exciting. After a while almost everything you hear is simply a better or worse version of something you’ve already heard.

That being said, as rare as such moments are, when they do occur they seem to take on an epiphanic quality, reducing one to a state of, I would say, “agog”. My introduction to Yoni Wolf’s band Why?, at Primavera Sound in Barcelona last summer, was one such moment.

Itunes genrifies Alopecia as “hip pop”  which is a charmingly succinct, albeit ultimately meaningless, encapsulation of the sound of the record. Yoni’s refinedly flat, foreboding vocal is not quite rapping but nor does he sing, although several tracks are splendidly “singalong”, and cuts perfectly against simple, unassuming melodies and lines of percussion as good as any you’ll hear. Buy this album.

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