WHY?

Share new 360° video for "This Ole King"

New LP Moh Lhean Out 3 March via Joyful Noise   Full European Tour Dates Announced With support from Tall Tall Trees 

 

WHY? release their new album Moh Lhean on 3 March via Joyful Noise and head out on tour in Europe in June, with support on all dates from Tall Tall Trees. Described as "wild and wacky" in The 405's premiere,WHY?'s new video for "This Ole King" exploits the 360° frame for a narrative that runs in reverse. DirectorScott Fredette artfully combined 360° live action footage, stop motion, 2D green-screen effects and motions graphics to create the video's choreographed look.
 
Fredette explains;"The video was such an interesting process to execute as we experimented with how to use and manipulate the 360 degree frame in unique ways. It is cool to be able to immerse yourself in somewhat grim but surreal environment in which the video takes place.  We pushed that look and it’s fun to watch."
 
"This Ole King" finds Wolf's fragile voice and emotionally-charged lyrics accompanied by acoustic guitar and upright bass, before the song morphs into a sea of shimmering, kaleidoscopic pop.
 

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WHY?'s sixth album, Moh Lhean, is due out March 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings. A follow-up to 2012'sMumps, Etc., it's the first fully home-recorded WHY? album since the project's 2003 debut, made mostly inYoni Wolf's studio and co-produced by his brother Josiah.

In support of the record WHY? are touring the UK in June
 

Why? Tour Dates & Tickets

WHY? shares track "One Mississippi".

New album Moh Lhean out on 3 March and announces tour dates!


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"is 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.

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

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?  new track "Proactive Evolution"  lyric video

New album Moh Lhean out 3 March via Joyful Noise

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 gave fans a first taste of the album with opener "This Ole King," and today, they share "Proactive Evolution," which features mewithoutYou's Aaron Weiss. The track also samples the doctors who treated Wolf during a severe health scare that he encountered while working on Moh Lhean -- an experience that had a strong influence on the album as a whole.

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

WHY? Share "This Ole King"  - new album Moh Lhean out 3 March via Joyful Noise

WHY? will release their sixth album, Moh Lhean, on 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 album opens with lead single "This Ole King," which finds Wolf's fragile voice and emotionally-charged lyrics accompanied by acoustic guitar and upright bass, before the song morphs into a sea of shimmering, kaleidoscopic pop. 

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-deprecating 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.

WHY? Announce New LP

Moh Lhean out on 3 March via Joyful Noise Recordings

WHY? will release their sixth album, Moh Lhean, on 3rd March 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 album opens with lead single "This Ole King," which finds Wolf's fragile voice and emotionally-charged lyrics accompanied by acoustic guitar and upright bass, before the song morphs into a sea of shimmering, kaleidoscopic pop. You can hear a clip from "This Ole King" – along with a peek at the album's cover art – in WHY?'s teaser video BELOW.

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.

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