Share new single “One Mississippi”
Taken from new album Moh Lhean out on 3 March via Joyful Noise
Listen to “One Mississippi” below
Announce UK Tour Dates
6 June: Hare & Hounds – Birmingham
7 June: Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds
8 June: CCA – Glasgow
9 June: Gorilla – Manchester
10 June: Thekla – Bristol
12 June: The Haunt – Brighton
13 June: Village Underground – London
WHY?‘s sixth album, Moh Lhean, is due out March 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings. A follow-up to 2012’s Mumps, Etc., it’s the first fully home-recorded WHY? album since the project’s 2003 debut, made mostly in Yoni Wolf‘s studio and co-produced by his brother Josiah.
The band will be heading out on the road and will head to the UK in June with dates including Birmingham’s Hare and Hounds, Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds, CCA in Glasgow, Gorilla in Manchester, Thekla in Bristol, The Haunt in Brighton and finishing off at Village Underground in London on 13 June. The live band will consist of the Elephant Eyelash-era (2005) line-up, Yoni Wolf, Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid and Matt Meldon.
The new single “One Mississippi” was premiered by Brooklyn Vegan, who said; “It’s a song about not overly dwelling on the dark, with their glitchy production style and some tasteful whistling ultimately giving its initial mournful vibe an uplifting touch.” Stereogum also posted the track saying; “The song’s a total stunner, and also features frayed percussion and little whistle breaks that feel like a source of inner peace.”
It’s a song about not overly dwelling on the dark, with their glitchy production style and some tasteful whistling ultimately giving its initial mournful vibe an uplifting touch.
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While WHY? fans will certainly encounter familiar sounds on Moh Lhean – Wolf’s sour-sweet croon, deadpan poet’s drawl, and ear for stunningly fluid arrangements with obsessive attention to detail – the album also reveals that a transformation has taken place. The singer’s self-depricating swagger and cynical squint is replaced by a sense of peace in the unknowing; his wry smirk traded in for a holy shrug. This cosmic sense of calm and acceptance woven throughout the album is due in part to Wolf’s circumstances during the writing process: he suffered a severe health scare far from home, but rather than let it drive him to depression, he gained a stronger connection to the living. Album track “Proactive Evolution,” which features mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss, even samples Wolf’s doctors – the very voices that helped shape his new outlook
Movement is a key theme of Moh Lhean – it’s a breakup album without a romantic interest. “Easy” plays like a ward against the old ghost who haunts “January February March,” while “George Washington” finds Wolf on a tiny watercraft, paddling away as that malevolent force stays ashore. “The Water” morphs a moody folk tune into some strange new form of full-band dub, while “Consequence of Nonfiction” wavers between a quiet meditation for guitar, clarinet, and voice, and wild, sax-strewn art-funk. Psychedelic album closer “The Barely Blur” – which features Son Lux – explores the nature of existence, focusing on the infinite instead of leaving listeners with the macabre chill of death.
There’s something about the album that’s both ephemeral and distinctive, like something the Wolf Brothers might’ve heard on a praise album in their father’s synagogue as kids, or on some ’60s hippie LP they thrifted in their teens, or, perhaps, on the other side of the records they’ve been making their entire adult lives. While the meaning of the words “Moh Lhean” remain a mystery, they most likely have something to do with letting go, rebirth, coming home to a familiar feeling…or venturing out to discover a new one.
Preorder here: https://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/collections/new-releases/products/moh-lhean
Listen to “This Ole King”
Watch lyric video for “Proactive Revolution”
3 March – Joyful Noise Recordings
1. This Ole King
2. Proactive Evolution
4. January February March
5. One Mississippi
6. The Longing Is All
7. George Washington
8. The Water
9. Consequence of Nonaction
10. The Barely Blur