Don’t you lie to me / Yooplaaa! is the band’s latest EP, and it showcases a certain eclecticism to hooyoosay. It is this certain undefinable quality that will bring listeners in by waves. Hints of They Might Be Giants, XTC, and Devo can all be heard in this introductory track. The funky electronic-infused style of the band during this effort will burrow deeply into listeners’ psyches, while there are enough twists and turns in this song to keep its replay value high. Yooplaaa! builds off the goodwill that was created during Don’t you lie to me, and keeps things rosy and catchy even as an instrumental.
To understand the sheer variety that hooyoosay brings to the table, it is necessary to delve into the band’s discography. My Obsession / Pain in my Heart allows listeners to hear a different facet of hooyoosay, providing the band with the variety of styles, sounds, and influences that they need to easily shift into a future LP (the band’s debut full length, In Dekay, was released in 2011). While the track opens up with a peppy percussion, the vocals move into Momus territory. The more elegant and less full production of My Obsession establishes hooyoosay as an act that can spin off in a variety of different ways. Pain in My Heart is a more sorrow-filled and morose track, with the narrative qualities of the band shining through brightly.
Make sure to check out hooyoosay’s website and the entirety of their discography. I love the fact that the band creates digital 45s of their music; each EP comes with an A-side and B-side, which can be purchased from a wide variety of online retailers (the band’s iTunes is at https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hooyoosay/id447459145 , while their CDBaby is accessible at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Hooyoosay ). There may only be a few tracks present on the disc, but the unmatched skill and ability of hooyoosay is shown perfectly in each effort.