Yoni Wolf of cLOUDDEAD
debuted solo with
Part Time People Cage or Part Time Key? (1999) and
in the vein of San Francisco's numerous freak acts that bent genres and
Why? then became a trio fronted by Wolf.
With the romantic Elephant Eyelash (2005) and the tragic Alopecia (Anticon, 2008), two albums that mirrored each other three years apart,
Why? perfected an unlikely fusion of rap, minimalism and alt-rock while using
it as the scaffolding for Wolf's brutally vivid and earnest lyrics.
Eskimo Snow (2009) collected leftovers from the same sessions of
Alopecia. The songs are generally less rap-tinged and more melodic.
Doseone and Why? formed
Greenthink in Oakland in 1998. The group released
Blindfold (self-released, 1999 - A Purple 100, 2002).
Part Time People Cage... or Part Time Key? (1999) (as Why?)
Oaklandazulasylum (2003) (as Why?)
Why? returned to the rapping style of Alopecia with the
EP Sod in the Seed (2012) and the album
Mumps Etc (2012), which contains
Strawberries and Paper Hearts but also a lot of disposable material.
Testarossa (2016) was a collaboration with Chicago rapper
David "Serengeti" Cohn.
His literate and abstract lyrics reached a cryptic zenith on
Moh Lhean (2017), with songs such as
Proactive Evolution and
This Ole King.
Aokohio (2019) was a collection of humble lo-fi half-baked poppy songs
such as Bloom Wither Bloom,
The Crippled Physician,
Stained Glass Slipper and
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