WHY?’s Yoni Wolf and Serengeti teamed up half a decade ago on Serengeti’s album Family & Friends, a conceptual song cycle couched in off-kilter experimental rap. The duo is back together under the name Yoni & Geti, and they’re about to release another dense, artful, outré conceptual hip-hop opus based on a script they wrote together on tour.
Testarossa tells the story of a star-crossed couple named Maddy and Davy, who get pregnant, get married, and watch their relationship fall under duress when Davy’s once-promising music career stalls out. He’s traveling the world playing garage rock for paltry crowds while she’s back home working as a cocktail waitress and fending off advances from would-be lovers including Davy’s former best friend. It’s an intriguing story, and lead single “Lunchline” graces it with equally intriguing sonics, with churning bass and swirling strings backing understated vocals about the stress of touring when you have a family at home. Listen below.
Testarossa is out 5/6 on Joyful Noise. Pre-order it here.