WHY?

Alope­cia An­ti­con/Tom­lab

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Alt hip-hop fans will recog­nise Yoni Wolf’s moniker from his ad­ven­tures in cLOUDHEAD along­side Doseone, his solo run as Why? for the Oak­lan­dazu­la­sy­lum de­but album from a while back and myr­iad other re­leases and col­lab­o­ra­tions un­der the An­ti­con ban­ner. Th­ese days, Wolf is not the only dude in Why?, and Alope­cia is a fur­ther sign that Wolf and co (his brother Josiah and Doug McDiarmid) are sail­ing in in­creas­ingly in­ter­est­ing wa­ters. Alope­cia is about odd an­gles, loose-limbed mu­si­cal pat­terns and an ec­cen­tric flow of words from Wolf. What­ever about Why? blend­ing folk, hip-hop and rock ideas, the mu­sic plays sec­ond fid­dle to Wolf’s lyrics and ob­ser­va­tions, which build as­ton­ish­ing pen-pic­tures through­out. You’ll cer­tainly travel many a long road be­fore you hear some­thing else as ar­rest­ing and at­ten­tion-grab­bing as open­ing track The Vow­els Pt 2. www.mys­pace.com/whyan­ti­con Down­load tracks: The Vow­els Pt 2, Th­ese Few Pres­i­dents

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