When Eric Elbogen began his one-man-band-with-revolving-friends project Say Hi to Your Mom nearly a decade ago, he was guided by a lo-fi bedroom Pop ethic and a desire to be naively cryptic in his lyrical approach. Populating his songs with vampires and robots and zombies (oh my) as metaphors for the pitfalls and sad inevitabilities of human relationships and romantic entanglements, Elbogen released a series of generally well-received albums on his own Euphobia label, based out of his Brooklyn apartment/studio.
Five years ago, after the release of Impeccable Blahs, the California native decided to move back west, settling in Seattle, where he recorded and released the transitional and oddly upbeat The Wishes and the Glitch, which found Elbogen more open to clarity and directness in his lyrical intent. Signaling a shift to the dreaded musical condition known as maturity, Elbogen signed with Seattle label Barsuk, shortened the name of the band to simply Say Hi and conceived his most straightforward album to date, 2009’s Oohs and Aahs, predictably drawing his best and worst reviews.
Say Hi plays Southgate House Sunday with Blair and Koala Fires. Go here for Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.