Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh” by Say Hi from the 2009 album Oohs and Aahs, available from Barsuk Records.
It’s impressive to hear Eric Elbogen’s ability to create complex pop gems, overflowing with horns and squeaky guitars and drum sets, and realize that this former Brooklyn resident does it all himself, in a basement or a bedroom, almost entirely on his tiny Apple computer. It’s impressive because the songs he creates sound so realized, so fully formed, and not the often times tinny, even incomplete, racket associated with so many bedroom compositions. No, Elbogen brings a expansive sound to his self-recorded solo work that absolutely belies its origins. Take “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh” (the last time the name will be written in this piece), it jumps out of the gate sounding like a cross between a nightly news program’s opening credits and the big band trumpet of some shakin’ 1950s big band. From there it drops low and almost sinister, riding the hump of a bassy horn before turning the corner in to the high pitched squeal of strings and Elbogen’s emotive voice. You imagine a band, a full quartet or bigger, crammed in to a professional studio, monstrous board laid out in front of them, but it’s just Elbogen, sweet little Eric Elbogen, at work in a room, all by his lonesome. It’s impressive to say the least.
Say Hi, the band, just wrapped up a tour with Telekinesis, but never fear: they begin another brief tour with Cloud Cult starting May 8th at Neumos. Check the website and MySpace page for more information. In case you missed it before, here’s an exclusive acoustic performance and interview Eric did for KEXP in Austin during SXSW: