“The Letters, etc.” By Why?

“The Letters etc.” By Why? is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The track is off the artist's forthcoming LP The Well I Fell Into
Why? Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Johnson

WHY? has announced their new LP The Well I Fell Into will, will drop on August 2nd, 2024. The project of multi-artist Yoni Wolf has also shared the lead single “The Letters, etc.” “This song was partially written for a year or two but the words to finish it just wouldn’t come until some further life experiences led it into its current incarnation,” explains Wolf. “Though potentially filled with paranoid conjecture, it is also a song of acceptance, with only best wishes upon embarking on a difficult long-term estrangement. T’ruah. Love and let live.” The Well I Fell Into is Wolf at his most cohesive and poignant: an autopsy of heartbreak, the album charts the ups and downs of a devastating breakup while trading bitterness for healing. Along with the news, WHY? has announced new North American tour dates, which includes stops in New York City and Los Angeles.

“Making a WHY? album is an opportunity for me to button up a period of my life,” Wolf explains. “I’m bad at realizing how I feel or how something is affecting me in the moment. Things just sit inside me, but writing is a way to really take stock.” Though the dissolution of a years-long relationship inspired Wolf to start writing, he considers The Well I Fell Into autofiction, a chance to interrogate his grief and his journey to acceptance rather than to air out the real-life details of a painful loss or pick at emotional scabs. “This is not a bitter kiss off,” he says. “While the songwriting was cathartic, I can see my life beyond some story or mythology I’ve cornered myself into artistically. I’m not getting stuck in sentiment like I might have in my 20s.”

Though every WHY? album since 2012’s Mumps, Etc. was recorded at various home studios, Wolf and his bandmates Josiah Wolf, Doug McDiarmid, and Andrew Broder tracked The Well I Fell Into with Brian Joseph (Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver) at Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s Hive Studio. The move resulted in compelling and accessible arrangements that enhance the strong hooks grounding the songs. “On this one, I’m very interested in classic songwriting,” explains Wolf, who also enlisted a cast of collaborators to flesh out these recordings, including Gia Margaret, Finom’s Macie Stewart, Lala Lala’s Lillie West, Serengeti, and Ada Lea. “I want my songs to be able to be played unadorned by just one person and still hold up. Any production frills should only serve to elevate the song further without being relied upon to tell the story.”

The Well I Fell Into

1. Lauderdale Detour
2. Marigold
3. Brand New
4. G-dzillah G’dolah
5. When We Do The Dance
6. Jump
7. Later at The Loon
8. Nis(s)an Dreams, Pt. 1
9. The Letters, Etc.
10. What’s Me?
11. Sin Imperial
12. Atreyu
13. Versa Go!
14. Sending Out a Pamphlet

WHY? Live Dates:

8/16 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC

8/17 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

8/18 – Motorco – Durham, NC

8/20 – The Atlantis – Washington DC

8/21 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

8/23 – Bowery Ballroom – New York City, NY

8/24 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA

8/26 – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON

8/27 – El Club – Detroit, MI

8/28 – The Outset – Chicago, IL

8/29 – Vivarium – Milwaukee, WI

9/4 – Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO

9/6 – Deep Ellum Art Co. – Dallas, TX

9/7 – Mohawk – Austin, TX

9/10 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ

9/11 – Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ

9/13 – VooDoo Room – San Diego, CA

9/14 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA

9/15 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

9/17 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

9/18 – Washington Hall – Seattle, WA

9/20 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

9/21 – Meow Wolf – Denver, CO

9/23 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO

9/24 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE

9/25 – Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN

9/27 – Woodward – Cincinnati, OH

9/28 – Blue Room – Nashville, TN

pre-order The Well I Fell Into HERE


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