My Neighbor / My Creator

Wye Oak

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MRG388 | Release Date March 12, 2010

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Less than a year after their acclaimed, dark triumph The Knot, Baltimore's Wye Oak offered My Neighbor / My Creator, a vibrant EP that brims with melody and creative detours over five new recordings. 

Collaborating with outside producers for the first time, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack's four new songs feel loose and direct, from the tumbling opener 'My Neighbor' to the propulsive 'Emmylou.' 'My Creator' and 'I Hope You Die' begin like ballads but soon reveal unexpected layers of saxophone and percussion over Wasner's cascading vocals. Chris and Mickey Freeland, brothers with ties to everything from Oxes' math-rock explorations to Baltimore's indie hip-hop scene, helmed the new EP's recordings in their own Beat Babies studio, and they bring new textures to Wye Oak's ever-expanding sound. There's a heavier reliance on keyboards, culminating in Mickey's own stunning remix of The Knot's 'That I Do' which must be heard to be believed.

Anything but a stopgap, My Neighbor / My Creator is yet another significant step forward for this young band.

Originally released on limited-edition CD in March of 2010, and, due to popular demand, reprinted with alternate cover art in January of 2011, the limited-edition My Neighbor / My Creator 12-inch vinyl EP, cut at 45 RPM, has been reissued with the original red-tinted cover art and include a digital download.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play My Neighbor 03:38 $0.99 Buy
Play Emmylou 02:29 $0.99 Buy
Play My Creator 03:34 $0.99 Buy
Play I Hope You Die 04:17 $0.99 Buy
Play That I Do (Mickey Free Remix) 03:45 $0.99 Buy

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