Say Hi, ‘Endless Wonder’ (Barsuk)
Eric Elbogen, who performs as Seattle-based indie rock band Say Hi, spent much of his 2011 release “Um, Uh Oh” making pretty, contemplative songs that seemed designed mostly to not offend.
“Endless Wonder” keeps its predecessor’s slick production while adding a funky swagger that’s noticeable right from the get-go on “Hurt in the Morning.” The electropop zeitgeist’s influence is hard to miss amid the forest of digital sounds.
It might not be a sonic change on the order of Tegan and Sara’s “Closer,” but by the time the industrial fuzz of “Such a Drag” hits, you’ll probably be wondering just what got into Elbogen. For the most part, the changes are for the better and allow Say Hi to deliver ear-candy hooks that get your body moving involuntarily.
The restrained closer, “The Trouble with Youth,” finds Elbogen, a couple of years away from his 40th birthday, asking “won’t you let me grow old soon.” He hasn’t grown old, but it’s pretty clear Say Hi is a band that’s finally grown up.
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Note: Say Hi performs at Easy Street Records in West Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 21.