Say HiSay Hi - Devils
On “Lookin’ Good,” one of the best songs on Say Hi’s new album, Um, Uh Oh, Eric Elbogen sings, “I tell you what, things are gonna be fine.” Acoustic guitars form a backbone rhythm for electric guitar and synth lines that squirrel up perfectly next to Elbogen’s multi-tracked vocals. Everything is recorded flawlessly, which seems to get Elbogen in trouble more often than not. Lines that would seem to convey romantic relationships – “I hope that things work out” – are also about falling out with touring band members. Elbogen just can’t seem to adjust anyone else’s playing to meet the standards of the perfectly-constructed creations he makes by himself in the studio. Ultimately, Um, Uh Oh is a beautiful record – full of hurtling acoustic guitars, bracing organs and synths, and Elbogen’s plaintive, heartbreaking songs.