Wye Oak

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. Shriek is Wye Oak’s fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.

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Wye Oak plays live on KEXP, WTMD,and XM's The Loft

Wye Oak recently stopped by the Triple Door in Seattle to perform for KEXP VIPs, including Shriek favorite "Logic of Color." Check out the full set below, and find more Wye Oak videos on the KEXP blog. Towson's WTMD also hosted the band for a special listener event last month! Check it out below.

Wye Oak will also be featured on XM The Loft next week! A very special session with the band will air August 25 at Noon Eastern / 9am Pacific. Encore performances will also air Wednesday at 5pm Eastern, Friday at 11pm, Saturday at Noon and Sunday at Midnight.  It’ll also be available on demand for all Sirius subscribers.

Shriek is available in the Merge shop & at all independent record stores now.
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Wye Oak return to US tour on July 5, share Shriek closer "Logic of Color"

If you have seen Wye Oak live this year around the release of their new album Shriek, you know "Logic of Color" has become an instant staple in the band's set. The New York Times described the album closer as a “voguish nod to retro synth pop” and Rolling Stone called “triumphant.” “When I wrote this song I knew it would be the last track on the record,” said lead singer Jenn Wasner.  “On the surface, it's probably the most straightforward pop song we've ever made. But it's also a song about people and about the creative process—about trying to capture intangible, ephemeral things for a moment and attempting to make them sit still. It's a beautiful process, but one rooted in loss and impermanence—so I wanted it to sound open-ended, like an unfinished thought.”   More >

Watch Wye Oak's music video for "Glory" on The A.V. Club now!

Wye Oak's Shriek was released yesterday to enthusiastic reviews worldwide, and features on StereogumGrantland, and more.

"Shriek is more of a continuation than a disruption: It’s a product of the catalytic bond between Mr. Stack, on synthesizers and drum programming, and Ms. Wasner, on electric bass." —NY Times

"Despite its electronic emphasis, Shriek bypasses conventional synthpop for more introspective, individual territory." —Wondering Sound

"There's no question Wasner could make these songs work as big guitar anthems, but as skeletal, textured electronic tunes they really let the nuance of both her songwriting and her voice shine through." —Under The Radar

The A.V. Club premiered Wye Oak's new video for "Glory" today, check it out!
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