EU only, released 29/11/2007
12" pink vinyl in transparent sleeve/Digital
WHY? thaws from the icebox with The Hollows, the lead single taken from their forthcoming soon-to-be wigsmasher, Alopecia. This latest blast of darkly tinted pop finds the Bay-based trio further realizing their distinct sound—smart, shimmering, sweetly soured—while expanding that ever-crooking subsurface smile we saw bare its teeth on 2005’s critically acclaimed Elephant Eyelash LP. For this stormy and anthemic epic, WHY?’s three main constituents—Yoni Wolf (cLOUDDEAD, Hymie’s Basement, Reaching Quiet), brother Josiah Wolf, and goodly neighbor Doug McDiarmid—are joined by a notable guest cast: Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson of Minneapolis’ Fog (who sit in for most of Alopecia), the inimitable Doseone (cLOUDDEAD, Subtle, Themselves), and sable-throated Nedelle (Kill Rock Stars, the Curtains). Huzzah!
The US and European editions of The Hollows each boast three exclusive B-sides. The Hollows EU edition brought to you by Tomlab, features a warm, fog-horned and funked-up remix by Boards of Canada of another unreleased Alopecia track, “Good Friday.”And continuing the theme, side B begins with a delicious slowcore cover of “Yo Yo Bye Bye" by Dump (James McNew of Yo La Tengo), and ends with Islands tying off nooses in their take on Reaching Quiet’s blacker-than-black snowdrift of a song, “Broken Crow.”
- The Hollows
- Good Friday (a remix by Boards of Canada)
- Yo Yo Bye Bye (a cover by Dump)
- Broken Crow (a cover by Nick T.)