WHY? – Sod in the Seed EP

Single Review by Chris Buckle | 31 Jul 2012
  • Why? – Sod in the Seed EP
Single title: Sod in the Seed EP
Artist: WHY?
Label: City Slang/Anticon
Release date: 13 Aug

While still keen on Eskimo Snow’s more sedate direction, it’s a thrill to hear Why?’s Yoni Wolf in full flow for Sod in the Seed’s title track. Their first new material in almost three years, it’s a vibrant showcase for his sharp wordplay, so verbosely enmeshed that it’s impossible to quote from without spoiling the effect.

Musically, the trio continue to eschew conventions, pioneering some peculiar but rewarding genre syntheses across the EP’s tight duration: For Someone is a woozy blend of xylophone, recorder and bongos; Probable Cause a minute of calypso presets; Shag Carpet a sort of liturgical hip-hop, and so on. A superb return that’s both familiar and exotic, the only real complaint is that a full album remains months away.

New album Mumps, Etc is released via City Slang/Anticon on 8 Oct. WHY? play SWG3, Glasgow on 12 Oct. http://www.whywithaquestionmark.com