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Tracklist

  • #1 Jonathan's Hope
  • #2 Strawberries
  • #3 Waterlines
  • #4 Thirteen on High
  • #5 White English
  • #6 Danny
  • #7 Sod in the Seed
  • #8 Distance
  • #9 Thirst
  • #10 Kevin's Cancer
  • #11 Bitter Thoughts
  • #12 Paper Hearts
  • #13 As a Card
 
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Why? / Mumps, Etc.

Anticon

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    $13.00
    ABR 0128
    858454003111
    Street Date:
    October 30th, 2012
    Ship Date:
    October 22nd, 2012
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    ABR 0128 CD
    858454003104
    Street Date:
    October 30th, 2012
    Ship Date:
    October 22nd, 2012
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    858454003104
    Street Date:
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Nipping at the ragged heels of their eagerly devoured Sod in the Seed EP, WHY? unleashes their fifth long-player, a meticulous work of morbid fascination and offbeat romanticism dubbed Mumps, etc. Though there is a mysterious sickness (perhaps of the mind) that lurks about these thirteen songs, one might also imagine the title as describing the musically swole state of these three Midwestern men as they bring their sound into glisteningly buff focus. Yoni Wolf, brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid are in the pocket, the unbreakable rock core at the center of a spinning ball of sonic kaleidoscopie. And all the things one loves about them are still true: the grinning sun-warped choruses, that jangly Western lope, those confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details, set dancing down the odd knots of complex poetic daisy chains. It’s just that... well, all of it sounds better than ever this time around. Part of that is due to how Mumps, etc. was made. Far from their native Cincinnati, the fellas spent a month and a half in the Denton, Texas, studio of Centro-Matic’s Matt Pence. They showed up with a pile of demos suspected to be nearly done—some five years in the making—but their aspirations evolved in the shadow of the great University of North Texas music school. Reaching out to a professor therein, they wrangled an ace crew of green-and-white gunslingers to exact their wild schemes: a string quartet, an eight-person choir, woodwinds, horns. The whole set was recorded to two-inch tape (no loops), produced by the Wolf brothers, and mixed in Atlanta by Graham Marsh (Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry) with Yoni. Thus every song pops exactly as it should, smearing genre with pointed intent until the end result became an articulated work of unusual artistry and catchiness—a WHY? record, naturally.

 

WHY? - "Jonathan's Hope" by anticon


 

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