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WHY? announce their eighth full-length album, The Well I Fell Into

20 May 2024, 15:59 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

WHY? have announced their eighth full-length album The Well I Fell Into. The band—led by Cincinnati songwriter Yoni Wolf—has also shared the diaristic first single, “The Letters, etc.”

This song was partially written for a year or two but the words to finish it just wouldn’t come until some further life experiences led it into its current incarnation,” explains Wolf. “Though potentially filled with paranoid conjecture, it is also a song of acceptance, with only best wishes upon embarking on a difficult long-term estrangement. T’ruah. Love and let live.”

The Well I Fell Into will be self-released on Waterlines, which is Wolf's new label that follows in the footsteps of Anticon—the artist-run collective he co-founded.

“Making a WHY? album is an opportunity for me to button up a period of my life,” Wolf explains. “I’m bad at realising how I feel or how something is affecting me in the moment. Things just sit inside me, but writing is a way to really take stock.”

Though the dissolution of a years-long relationship inspired Wolf to start writing, he considers The Well I Fell Into autofiction, a chance to interrogate his grief and his journey to acceptance rather than to air out the real-life details of a painful loss or pick at emotional scabs. “This is not a bitter kiss off,” he says. “While the songwriting was cathartic, I can see my life beyond some story or mythology I’ve cornered myself into artistically. I’m not getting stuck in sentiment like I might have in my 20s.”


1. Lauderdale Detour
2. Marigold
3. Brand New
4. G-dzillah G’dolah
5. When We Do The Dance
6. Jump
7. Later at The Loon
8. Nis(s)an Dreams, Pt. 1
9. The Letters, Etc.
10. What’s Me?
11. Sin Imperial
12. Atreyu
13. Versa Go!
14. Sending Out a Pamphlet

The Well I Fell Into will be released on 2 August via Waterlines.

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