Say Hi: 'Northwestern Girls'

  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
sayhi 300 i

Say Hi hide caption

toggle caption
sayhi 300

Say Hi

After releasing four albums about vampires, video games, spiders and robots, songwriter Eric Elbogen decided to get serious. The multi-instrumentalist moved from Brooklyn to Seattle and produced a lush new collection of introspective songs called The Wishes and the Glitch. He also shortened his long-held band name from "Say Hi to Your Mom" to just "Say Hi."

The Wishes and the Glitch still contains Elbogen's quirky sense of humor, but titles like "Shakes Her Shoulders", "Back Before We Were Brittle", and "Zero to Love" aim at more personal themes about complicated relationships. Vintage keyboards oscillate giving an added depth to catchy hooks and slightly gloomy lines. Nouela Johnston joins Elbogen for some smooth backing vocals on the first track "Northwestern Girls".

As with his earlier recordings, Elbogen recorded the album in his home and played most of the instruments, with guest vocals by The Long Winters' John Roderick and Pedro the Lion / Headphones' David Bazan. Elbogen released The Wishes and the Glitch on his own label, Euphobia Records.

In describing the music of Say Hi, Elbogen says "we're the mumbling in your head while you're crunching the numbers. We're the apparitions, ticks, gut wrenching, suspicion and glee, too. We're the reason you rolled a nineteen for charisma, the cat's meow, your least favorite aunt."

Purchase Featured Music

The Wishes and the Glitch

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

The Wishes and the Glitch
Say Hi
Euphobia Records

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?




Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from