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WHY? Shares “This Ole King” (360 VR) Video On The 405 | Starting U.S. Tour In March | New LP ‘Moh Lhean’ Out 3/3 Via Joyful Noise

February 28, 2017

WHY? Shares “This Ole King” (360 VR) Video Via The 405

Starting World Tour In March

New LP ‘Moh Lhean’ Out 3/3 Via Joyful Noise (pre-order)

‘This Ole King,’ which features some very cool displays of 360-degree video technology, longtime fans will find Wolf still knows how to bring the strange.”
– The 405

“(One Mississippi) It’s 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.”
– Brooklyn Vegan

“Proactive Evolution” layers dense imagery over soft flutes and arpeggios, building into a track that’s surprisingly lush given indie-rap kingpin Yoni Wolf’s penchant for deadpan delivery.”
-SPIN

“This Ole King” seems to be an exhale of sunshine — like one of those “light boxes” for impending Seasonal Affective Disorder.” – Stereogum

 The 405 has shared WHY?’s 360 degree/virtual reality video for their first single “This Ole King”. “This Ole King” was followed by two other singles “Proactive Evolution” and “One Mississippi”.  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.

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 Nonaction” 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? will head out on tour in Spring 2017 — see below for upcoming dates.

NORTH AMERICA:
3/16: Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater ^*
3/17: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall !
3/18: Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center !
3/19: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge !
3/21: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater &
3/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge &
3/23: Boise, ID @ Treefort Fest &
3/24: Portland, OR @ Revelation Hall &
3/25: Vancouver, BC @ Venue &
3/26: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile &
3/28: Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall &
3/29: Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre &#
3/30: San Diego, CA @ Irenic &
3/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater &#
4/1: Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole &#
4/2: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom &#
4/4: Dallas, TX @ Trees %
4/5: Austin, TX @ Mohawk %
4/6: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon %
4/7: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall %
4/8: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
4/9: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle %
4/11: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle %
4/12: Washington, DC @ Black Cat %
4/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
4/14: Boston, MA @ Sinclair %
4/15: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza %
4/17: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace %
4/18: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick %
4/19: Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme %
4/20: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop %
4/21: St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room %
4/22: Madison, WI @ UW Union South

With:
% eskimeaux
& Open Mike Eagle
# Rituals of Mine
! Dosh
^ The Ophelias
* Molly Sullivan

EU:
May 31 – Paris (Trabendo)+
June 02 – Clermond-Ferrand (Le Cooperative de Mai)+
June 03 – Lyon (Marché Gare)+
June 06 – Birmingham (Hare & Hounds)+
June 07 – Leeds (Belgrave Music Hall)+
June 08 – Glasgow (CCA)+
June 09 – Manchester (Gorilla)+
June 10 – Bristol (Thekla)+
June 12 – Brighton (The Haunt)+
June 13 – London (Village Underground)+
June 14 – Brussels (Botanique Rotonde)+
June 16 – Mannheim (Maifeld Derby Festival)
June 17 – Duisburg (Festival am Hochofen)
June 18 – Hamburg (Ubel & Gefährlich)+
June 20 – Berlin (Festaal Kreuzberg)+
June 21 – Amsterdam (Paradiso)+

With:
Tall Tall Trees

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