Why?

Alopecia (10th Year Anniversary)

Joyful Noise

Released: 20th August 2018

Deluxe LP with Bonus Demos LP + 7"£31.99Out of Stock


Deluxe LP on Tri-Color Vinyl + Demo LP + 7” (JNR270LPDLX) is exclusive to Indies stores. All Vinyl Includes Download. Bonus 7” includes remixes from Boards Of Canada /Dylan, MF Doom, Joanna Newsom, Lil Wayne…… 10th Anniversary Reissue Back In Print For The First Time In Years. "I'll go unknown by torpedo or Crohn's / Only those evil live to see their own likeness in stone." It's the kind of couplet you'd carve into a wall whilst savoring the irony at hand, but when Yoni Wolf spit the line ten years ago he was blissfully, broodily unaware that he and his band WHY? were creating a career-defining album—one so fan-adored that it would go out of print, and so influential that the art-pop heroine Lorde herself would lovingly steal the very lyric quoted above. When it dropped in 2008, Alopecia not only marked WHY?'s evolution from a sonically collaged mostly solo project to a live-recorded powerhouse band of badass multi-instrumentalists. It also minted a genre of one: wryly written, poignantly posed, simultaneously swaggering and heart-rending song-rap that jangles like folk,
bursts like psych-rock, and sways like chamber pop. To this day, there is no other group in the known universe that sounds or feels like WHY? does on Alopecia. The album's 2018 reissue cheekily etches that aural likeness into our musical history. // “If the genreagnosticism of WHY? is no longer novel, it’s still stunningly unique.” Pitchfork // “Yoni Wolf has carved out a curious niche for himself. In the two decades he's spent releasing off-kilter hip-hop under the WHY? moniker--first as a solo act, and more recently as the frontman of a six-piece band--he's evolved in some sort of isolation, refining his sound while indie rock and hip-hop forked off around him. He's adored for it, too.”