Why?, Eskimo Snow
One of indie rock's most eloquent front men ponders mortality
At this point in his ever-evolving career, it's hard to remember Yoni Wolf's formative years as an underground MC. Not when his band Why? is quickly becoming one of the quirkiest offerings in the indie rock realm — the tightly-woven witticisms of a Woody Allen type spoken and sung to the tune of teary slide guitars, wobbly drums, clanging chords and cascading keys.
If this sounds a lot like the approach of Why?'s last album (2008's Alopecia), that's probably because the two LPs were tracked at the same time. In fact, Eskimo Snow was recorded way back in early 2007. Not that you'd notice. In many ways, Why?'s fourth proper full-length feels like a logical extension of their live show, a loose, genre-jumping display of swapped instruments and songs that get stronger with each passing set. Meanwhile, Wolf's post hip-hop poetry has become very haunted by the human condition as of late. Yep, this is a final destination disc, albeit one that washes its mortality tales down with triumphant choruses and at least two instant classics, the downright beautiful "Against Me" and the piano-led — led right off a cliff, that is — "This Blackest Purse."