Support the Free Press. Facts matter. Truth matters. Journalism matters. Salt Lake City Weekly has been Utah's source of independent news and in-depth journalism since 1984. Donate today to ensure the legacy continues.
On both his material as Say Hi to Your Mom and recent output as the newly truncated Say Hi, Seattle transplant Eric Elbogen sounds comfortably numb—just far enough detached from heartache and longing to spare the artist any sort of serious breakdown. His musings on secret crushes and missed shots at true love are never cliché or overly dramatic; in fact he adds in just enough random details to keep things weird, i.e. interesting. Oohs & Ahhs (Barsuk) sticks in your head and heart, as cheesy as that might sound. The melancholy effect feels so good. Elbogen even throws in a dance jam reminiscent of the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited.”