By Jer@SBS, February 3, 2020.
There's no doubt that hooyoosay has found its niche in music: it's downright rare to experience tunes with as much enthusiasm and positivity as you'll find in what this project creates.
The new EP "Strange, Elusive You" begins with what's likely to be the most sunshine you hear in a song all year in the ultra-bright vibes of "Happy, Ever So Happy". Being born into the Grunge-era like I was, makes me naturally juxtaposed to a sound as positively-based as this is, but I have to admit, the sheer boldness of how hooyoosay has brought such happiness to the surface in such a clear and unapologetic way is really impressive.
For myself personally, the vibes of "All I Do Is Call Your Name" were much more suited to my own taste. Solid rhythm and groove bouncing with the beat, great melody and harmonies in the lead and background vocals, and arguably, a more artistic, progressive, and inventive structure than you'd expect to find in anything pop-based.
That being said, the title-track "Strange, Elusive You" will reveal some of this EP's strongest hooks and overall allure, which is always a great thing when it comes to the centerpiece of a record. Poetic in the spoken word verses, and beautifully sung in the angelic harmonies that float throughout the chorus, "Strange, Elusive You" is another anti-typical tune for sure, but another revealing song that shows that the well of creativity you'll find in hooyoosay isn't likely to ever run dry on you.
Somehow, "When You Get Huguette" seems to bring everything up one more notch in a strong bid for your affection and attention. I felt like this was where the vocals and lyricism managed to steal the show. The way the two main vocalists complement each other's sound and energy on this cut is sheer perfection.
"Olla Doo" is a freakin' fantastic ending to the new record, and an unexpected twist in the plot that sends this EP into an instrumental finale that completely satisfies and concludes the experience perfectly. From the brilliant harmonica, to the bounce of the bass and beat alongside the piano at the forefront of the melody, hooyoosay really seems to let loose here and takes a moment to let us appreciate the fact that there's a lot of excellent musicianship that can't be ignored within this project as well. By the end of "Olla Doo", you realize that what's being brought to the music is every bit as powerful and enticing as what's been happening on the mic all along: it makes for a final statement that resonates.
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