Say Hi’s fifth album, The Wishes and the
Glitch, reflects a maturing of their style, even
as their name change does. (Previously, the band
was called Say Hi To Your Mom.)
The band’s only permanent member, Eric Elbogen,
recorded the album in a bedroom, doing almost all the
singing and instrumentation himself. Yeah, I recorded
an album in my bedroom once. I had a nice Casio demo
beat, a Fisher Price guitar...my mom was really impressed.
But I don’t remember it sounding like this album.
I’m not using that dreaded word “overproduced,” but
there are no snags in these songs to break your concentration.
That leaves the rough voice of singer Eric Elbogen
free to snag all he wants, sometimes running in a sweet
lull along with the music, and sometimes breaking out
with a honking energy to keep you paying attention.
Say Hi maintains their indie street cred without ever
resorting to the shoegazing “wah wah wah” nonsense
of so many bands these days. They have a palpable energy
that stands out from the crowd.
“We can’t stop this thing from what it’s
gonna be,” Elbogen assures us on “Oboes
Bleat and Triangles Ting.” You got that right.
This band is going places. Maybe weird places, but places
Favorite Track: “Toil and Trouble”