Say Hi – Oohs & Aahs

March 18, 2009

sayhiI have to admit I avoided Seattle based Say Hi, fronted by Eric Elbogen, for years mostly based on their former name, Say Hi To Your Mom. It suggested another cutesy, lo fi indie pop band, or worse, an emo band, both types of bands I had no desire to hear. I don’t know if their earlier work at in any way falls into either of those categories, but their latest album, Oohs & Aahs, certainly does not: Like David Cloyd’s recent debut, Oohs & Aahs is a smartly written and richly textured mixture of synth pop and guitar based rock. Both musically and lyrically, it dovetails with work done by Yo La Tengo, Death Cab For Cutie, the Postal Service, Phantom Planet and Aimee Mann, that is to say it’s top of the line pop music, and the kind of album where your favorite song will change dependent on when you hear it. Definitely an early contender for indie pop record of the year. Standout cuts: “Elouise,” “Hallie And Henry,” “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh” and “November Was White, December Was Grey,” and yeah, I know those are the first four tracks, but not to worry, the whole album is consistently good.


2 Responses to “Say Hi – Oohs & Aahs”

  1. westmont Says:

    this new record, Oohs & Aahs is phenominal. sadly, I will be missing what should be a kick ass show tomorrow night in pittsburgh due to work. ugh. Maurine is a killer song. love say hi, Eric deserves all of our collective love.

  2. radiondn Says:

    Say Hi is one of my happiest musical discoveries in recent months.

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