Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen has a well-documented fascination with vampires. 2006’s Impeccable Blahs was exclusively about the pulse-challenged, and even before that, “Poor Pete Is a Bit Self-Conscious” told the story of a wayward wanna-be bloodsucker. No surprise then that the first half of Endless Wonder is the aural equivalent of watching a vampire dance party underwater.
Since his first release in 2002, Eric Elbogen has dished out a prolific spread of clever, mopey bedroom synth-pop jams and diatribes first under the name Say Hi to Your Mom, then adopting the truncated Say Hi in 2008. Endless Wonder, his eighth LP and fourth for Seattle indie Barsuk, finds Elbogen injecting a bit more swagger into his electro blues with strong, fuzzed-out textures and a ramshackle swing to his voice. Gritty, lovelorn tunes like "Such a Drag" and the darkly melodic "Like Apples Like Pears" provide some grip to counter the set's softer, but no less effective tracks.
Eric Elbogen has been writing catchy songs for over a decade as Say Hi (formerly Say Hi To Your Mom). On his new album, Endless Wonder, Elbogen doesn’t stray far from the formula he’s been using since the beginning. Pounding drums, hook-filled melodies, groovy bass lines and various electronic sounds filling any holes—exactly what’s to be expected.