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hooyoosay: “Palm Tree In My Garden” – a happy beach-pool-summer fun song?
By Rick Jamm, July 10, 2016.
The music of the hooyoosay, for me, has always been a futuristic retro-pop narcotic. Their summer track, “Palm Tree In My Garden” is yet another bittersweet pill to pop for society’s financially stable, but emotionally unstable, middle-to-high class, chauvinistic leprechauns. The track has been slated as “a happy beach-pool-summer fun song”. Esthetically and sonically yes, but on the inside it launches a scathing attack on probably this era’s most devastating affliction – loneliness.
The uncredited members of hooyoosay, have once again hit the nail perfectly on the head. The message of happy-on-the-outside, sad-on-the-inside is concisely described via the jangly and funky, happy-go-lucky rhythm and sound of “Palm Tree In My Garden” – the apparently lighthearted, oblique lyrics, tell a whole different story though.
Seriously folks, this is a fun song if you just let it ride through your ears. The melody and hooks are really hard to resist as is the piano and that rolling snare drum. Not to mention the squawking guitar, freaky synths…and ooh those sweet cheerleader harmonies!
But if for one second, your mind was able to switch the vibrant music down and let the lyrics sink in…you’ll discover that in their simplicity they say something profoundly true about our fragile society. I’ve lived a longtime now, maybe longer than I care to remember, but never in any other decade have I seen so many lonely people.
Never have the wealthy been wealthier, and to be honest, never have the poor been poorer. But in the midst of this, never has a generation had so many ways to find, follow and like each other. From ever possible photo-shooting, message-sending electronic gizmo and app, to the plethora of social media platforms – never have so many people KNOWN so few others.
Yes I know – we find them, we follow them, and even like them, but we never really know them, and that is exactly how you end up being like the character in “Palm Tree In My Garden”. You have everything you want, but not the one thing you need!
And for me, hooyoosay bring that message across with absolute, subtle brilliance. Whether it’s intentional or not, really doesn’t bother me in the least. I have long ago dropped the idea of judging music by how much the other guy is putting into it, but rather by how much I am getting out of it – with hooyoosay my bucket is always overflowing! And that’s damn near good enough for me to give them 5 full stars!
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Review - hooyoosay’s ‘Palm Tree In My Garden’
By Brett Stewart, May 2016.
Nearly a year ago in April, I penned a fairly complementary review of the band hooyoosay. The EP they released around that time ('The Wrong Kind Of People') was a sharp, well-executed endeavor that, for the most part, alluded to their potential as a sustainable indie pop outfit. Now, they’ve got a new tune - ‘Palm Tree In My Garden’. Let’s dig right into it and see how it stacks against their previous work, that I lauded.
Like their past creations, ‘Palm Tree In My Garden’ is chock-full of personality. I love the vocal patterns and harmonies. I’ve previously referred to them as infectious, and they’re in full-form here on ‘Palm Tree In My Garden.’ The perfect dichotomy between male and female vocalists is a balance hooyoosay strikes quite uniquely.
I’m not terribly sure where to place hooyoosay... again. They toy with pop harmonies, as before, but this time, they’ve injected some R&B and funk influences to their instrumentation. At one point, a raw, scratchy harmonica even fades in and out of the soundscape to surprising effect.
Lyrically, ‘Palm Tree In My Garden’ is, well, bizarre. It’s very reminiscent of David Byrne's songwriting style. (Quite seriously - Go spin ‘Once In A Lifetime’ and notice the immediate parallels to this new hooyoosay song. ) It pokes fun at people who ‘have it made’ - a good car in the driveway, lots of money in the bank, a slew of online Facebook friends, etc. At the end of the day, though, they’re just sitting around alone with nobody calling them on the phone.
As expected, hooyoosay’s production is excellent. They handle the vocal mixes masterfully. All of the instruments are well performed and produced, too.
hooyoosay doesn’t fall victim to any stereotypically bad production that’s so abundant in the indie scene.
Is this a creative contemporary take on ‘Money Can’t Buy Me Love’ themes? Most definitely. Is it lovely and refreshing? Absolutely.
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"The wrong kind of people" on compilation album
"The wrong kind of people" by hooyoosay has been included on WOA Records' compilation CD "Independent No.1's, 5th Anniversary Edition".
hooyoosay: “The Wrong Kind Of People” may be their strongest release yet, song for song!
By Rick Jamm, Jamsphere, October 2015.
In an era where artists are categorized into a million and one genres and twice as many sub-genres, along come hooyoosay. What exactly do you call them? Part of the magic of this band is that you can’t label them with anything that exists at this time – they’re far too retro… or far too futuristic, depending on which side of the timeline your tastes are coming from.
So who would enjoy this band right now? Well, probably “The Wrong Kind Of People”, which is also the ironic title of their latest 4-track EP, and described on one of the band’s webpages as: “The overall vibe is feelgood and fun, the word “wrong” merely being ironic, for the message simply is that nothing is wrong, on the contrary all is absolutely fine.”
Lyrically hooyoosay speaks to our times, it concerns itself with how we treat this rock we call home, and how we value each other each day. Musically the band just keeps getting better and more complex. With the combination of great lyrics and great musicians writing together how could you go wrong?
This may be their strongest release yet, song for song. There are no dead spots. And they don’t even need to push the envelope or 'experiment with new sounds'. They continue to please their fans and acquire new fans along their musical journey, just doing what they do, because they do it so well. It’s very refreshing to witness this band staying true to their form and genre.
You could listen to “The Wrong Kind Of People” today, in 10 years’ time, or you could have listened to it 30 years ago already. This is exactly how it does, would have, or will sound… always. hooyoosay have a timeless sound, like the Beach Boys or the Mamas and Papas – clear-cut folk-pop sensibilities and lush harmonies… with a twist. And when I say twist, I also mean tango… because that is how far they stretch their rhythms on the instrumental “Illusionist at work”.
But it is the title track, “The wrong kind of people”, together with “The right kind of friend”, that forge their invigorating, take-no-prisoners blast of chirpy creativity into the tired and dull pop wasteland. hooyoosay refuses to accept the boundaries or mainstream constraints of fossilized genre music. They just manage to sound as great as everything that’s come before and nothing that’s out there now. And that’s a mean feat in itself.
Clean, vintage sounds and beautiful melodies, without any pretentiousness, are hard to come by today. If you’ve never heard of hooyoosay, or you’ve never listened to their music, you are missing out. I strongly suggest you give “The Wrong Kind Of People” a try.
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hooyoosay: the wrong kind of people?
hooyoosay have a new EP, "The Wrong Kind Of People", delivering four upbeat and essentially poppy tracks, influences however ranging from rock to country.
The overall vibe is feelgood and fun, the word "wrong" being merely ironic, for the message simply is that nothing is wrong, but on the contrary all is absolutely fine.
The title track is the main song, cheerful and happy, abundant with male and female lead vocals and harmonies.
It is followed by "Illusionist at work", a relaxed instrumental, and then further by "The wrong kind of hello", which takes an even more humorous approach to the title track in the form of comedy-rock. The closing track is called "The right kind of friend" and is an uplifting roots-rock country-infused instrumental.
Alex Faulkner reviewed and concluded:
"Overall, this is an excellent E.P. that is joyously free of all commercial considerations and rammed full of musical imagination. If you are bored with the predictable pop of the mainstream, hooyoosay are here to save the day and show you that music is so much more interesting when you veer off the beaten track. Long may they continue."
hooyoosay on "Goa Chillout Zone" compilation CD
"Tare Too Te Rut Te" by hooyoosay: now also on the compilation double CD "Goa Chillout Zone - Volume 6", released a few weeks ago by W.O.A. Records, both in online stores and as printed CD's.
'Googly Goo" on W.O.A. Records compilation CD
The song "Googly Goo" by hooyoosay has been included on W.O.A. Records' compilation album "Independent Number Ones - Volume 4".
Release to online stores was on December 24th 2014.
The launch of the hard copy printed CD was on January 31st 2015.
For more details and download of this album, visit
hooyoosay present the wacky Googly Goo kid
The birth of hooyoosay was an occasional recording jam, some guys playing some cover songs just for the fun of it, but the occasion eventually leading to an online release.
As the founding artists each had their own reasons for remaining anonymous, this idea was maintained as a principle when the basic concept then further developed into an organized project.
So hooyoosay became this peculiar music recording project, having a variety of unnamed and constantly changing collaborators.
Hence a wide diversity in styles is on offer, which makes hooyoosay rather hard to categorize.
Previous releases were the full-length "In dekay", and the single/EP's "My obsession", "Don't you lie to me", and "Come on", with styles ranging from chanson to rock, from acoustic to electronic, from blues to fun pop, from retro to teen pop.
And now hooyoosay introduce their youngest participant ever, a very young boy doing the lead vocal for the title track of their new EP "Googly Goo".
The electro-pop infused EP offers four tracks, all of them radiating an extremely positive vibe and a definite feel-good mood.
Containing titles like "Googly Goo" and "Tare Too Te Rut Te", one might expect quite a bit of nonsense going on, but there is no absurdity here at all, on the contrary, there is this continuous expression of fun and happiness.
In "Googly Goo" the young kid utters his immense joy discovering the internet world when wiping a tablet pc.
And "Tare Too Te Rut Te" is merely a different way of singing "we feel fine".
Played in sequence, the tracks evoke an evolution from early childhood with the happy Googly Goo kid, along the younger teenage years with the innocent "na na na" chant when "Tare Too Te Rut Te" opens, towards a more mature stage of being a teen when the guitar solo comes in by the end of "Tare Too Te Rut Te".
hooyoosay "Come on" EP Review
Few artists are able to provide listeners with a full semblance of the band’s nuance in the course of two tracks. hooyoosay has stuffed each track on this single with enough passion and aplomb to keep things lively.
"Come On" is a track that touches upon the sixties and eighties with a bouncy beat and a surfish vibe that permeates all points of the song. There is a tautness to the different elements of hooyoosay that make for a single-worthy track. For those that are more concerned about the quality of the instrumentation, the band is able to create something dense and detailed without losing the friendly sound that is present here. Throw in a sizzling guitar line at points and one will be provided with a track that will get people up and dancing. Tapping out before the three-minute mark, "Come On" is a highly energetic track that allows the band ample opportunity to introduce themselves to listeners.
"The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" is the B-side to "Come On" in name only; the track has hints of country and western along with southern rock. With a honky-tonk cherry that is at the top of this musical sundae, hooyoosay are able to create something that is decidedly different from other tracks in their repertoire. The inclusion of a harmonica into the mix provides additional nuance and layers which listeners can further dissect. The vocals/guitar/drum dynamic is still extremely sweet, but the band is able to keep things fresh and interesting with this minor change. The band ends up 2 for 2 on this EP, and will undoubtedly make converts with this release.
Visit the hooyoosay website for more information about the band and for ample samples and photos of the act. Let us know what you think about the "Come On" / "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" single.
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James McQuiston, NeuFutur, March 2014.
hooyoosay – Not your average rock 'n' roll band
An occasional recording jam eventually leading to online releases and bandmembers preferring to keep their anonymity, that's the short story of hooyoosay. Their latest EP "Come on" continues down the rock and blues line of their full-length "In dekay".
The title-track presents a remake of Chuck Berry's "Come on", and gives another twist to sixties rock 'n' roll and yesteryear's pop melodies. It is modern retro, creating a sonic pastiche that connects the band's trademark British Invasion sound with elements as diverse as new wave, post-punk, euro pop, garage and Japanese techno. It has thumping bass and staccato drumming, phoney keyboards and snotty vocals, and of course that indispensable "let's rock 'n' roll" fuzzy electric guitar solo.
The lyrics evoke a peculiar feeling of nostalgia. Not that sort of tacky souvenir-store nostalgia, but that feeling that might arise when staring at a yellowed polaroid or when playing a record you relished throughout the years: you may have seen or heard it a million times before, and it may be suffering from a few cracks by now, but somehow it has kept its appeal.
At the same time "Come on" is a vivid illustration of the lyrical merriness that characterised 60's pop, as it makes a break-up themed song into something rather light-hearted and entertaining.
The EP release of "Come on" can be seen as a digital 45, B-sided by "The under assistant West Coast promotion man", a hilarious parody of the figure of the emphatic but thwarted music promoter.
Once on the B-side of The Rolling Stones' smash hit "Satisfaction", this song is all about British Invasion blues bands coming to tour America during the sixties, where they found themselves escorted by some Mr know-it-all type of local tour promoter. Clearly these young bands, having discovered American music only just shortly, did not render those country, boogie and blues standards in the established American ways, instead creating their own interpretations.
Find both EP titles combined into one video, to be viewed on YouTube:
Or visit hooyoosay's official website