These recent rainy days sprinkled liberally over the past months deserve a soundtrack, and I can think of none better than Say Hi’s latest release, Oohs and Aahs. Formerly known as the mouthful Say Hi to Your Mom, Seattle’s Eric Elbogen may have shortened his moniker, but this release has no shortage of wistfully beautiful songs.

From the opening bass riff and ringing guitars of “Elouise” to the melancholy “Sallie’s Heart Is Stone,” Oohs and Aahs offers up the kind of introspective and elegant indie pop perfectly suited to spring showers. “Hallie and Henry” and “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh” are both dancy, catchy as hell and chock full of impressive descriptive literary prose. “November Was White, December Was Grey” is one of the strongest offerings here with its simple perfection that makes listeners want to sing along.

If Oohs and Aahs is any indication, Say Hi will be an act to watch in the coming years. While this may not be it, Elbogen is clearly on the path to penning an opus.

Grade: B+



Ooohs and Aahs is currently available.