Following a blazing SXSW, Wye Oak have revealed a ludicrously addictive second single from their new album Shriek (out April 28 on City Slang), plus full tour dates.
New single Glory received high praise from BBC 6music’s Lauren Laverne when she gave it a first spin earlier this week and rightly so. The track showcases the drastically new approach to song writing the duo have developed since their last record in 2011 and yet the richness of Jenn Wasner’s vocals and the powerful melodies keep it sounding distinctly Wye Oak.
On top of performances at this year’s Coachella festival, Wye Oak have also added a full run of European dates:
23 Mar Amsterdam NL – MC Theatre
25 Mar Berlin DE – Privatclub (SOLD OUT)
28 Mar Zurich CH – M4Music Festival
29 Mar Istanbul TR – IKSV
28 May Vienna AT – Chelsea
29 May Prague CZ – Meet Factory
31 May Mannheim DE – Maifeld Derby Festival
02 June Cologne DE – Studio 672
03 June Hamburg DE – Prinzenbar
04 June Berlin DE – Lido
05 June Munich DE – Strom
07 June Kleinreifling AT – Seewiesen Festival
09 June Paris FR – Le Point Ephemere
10 June London UK – Islington Assembly Hall
11 June Manchester UK – Soup Kitchen
12 June Leeds UK – The Brudenell Social Club
13 June Glasgow SCT – King Tuts
14 June Dublin IRL – The Sugar Club
15 June Belfast IRL – McHughs Basement
Following extensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2011 release Civilian, which – for the UK – culminated in two performances at The National’s ATP and a Scala headline show in December 2012, Wye Oak members Jenn and Andy found themselves apart for the first time. Andy had recently moved to the west coast, leaving their hometown of Baltimore.
Simultaneously but separately, the two began exploring new ways of writing. Jenn, having picked up the bass did not begin with her typical guitar and likewise Andy began to explore different ways of layering keyboards. Both worked with other people and Jenn explored other moods under the titles Dungeonesse and Flock of Dimes.
The freedom of these new methods allowed for a new found emotional immediacy and in spite of, or perhaps because of the distance, Wye Oak have recorded their most personal album yet.
Shriek was a co-production between Wye Oak and Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Vernhes also engineered and mixed the album. His inventive production work complimented the band’s new direction, helping them to create their immensely layered and emotive new sound.
Fans can pre-order the album now via iTunes as well as through the City Slang webshop. Shriek will be available on both CD and LP, including a limited run on orange vinyl available on Record Store Day.
As part of Record Store Day, which takes place on April 19, Battle Worldwide Recordings will be releasing a limited edition 12″ Vinyl entitled My First Record, My First Store. This record will feature a variety of Battle Worldwide Recordings’ acts covering tracks from albums that truly inspired and helped mould them into the artists they are today.
What is the defining point in an artist’s life that makes them take a path that will envelope their interests and work for the rest of their life? Every musician has a point, usually in their teens, that is an awakening that excites their senses and drives them to pick up a guitar, microphone, drum kit or even a laptop nowadays and start producing music. My First Record, My First Store is a physical and digital diary from Battle Worldwide Recordings’ artistes and partners, put together for Record Store Day 2014.
My First Record, My First Store will map stories from each artiste on the label about the record that most influenced them, where they bought it and why it was important to them. Over the coming months, stories will be added to the Battle Worldwide Recordings website that will include streaming links and other goodies. On Record Store Day 2014, Battle Worldwide Recordings will release a limited edition colour vinyl compilation of artist recordings of select tracks.
You can follow the campaign here.
Scottish trio The Twilight Sad are reissuing their exhilarating debut album Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters for Record Store Day on Saturday 19 April 2014 through FatCat Records.
To celebrate, the band are giving away a free download of their recent Paisley Abbey show with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. You can access the download here.
The Twilight Sad
The special intimate performance was part of The Spree Festival in Paisley, Scotland. Legendary conductor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra John Logan arranged the orchestration alongside classic The Twilight Sad tracks The Wrong Car, Sick, The Room and Cold Days From The Birdhouse. The 500 capacity venue sold out in less than an hour with the band playing as a three-piece to give the orchestra as much space as possible.
The deluxe double vinyl edition of Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters will contain never-before-heard tracks, unseen original artwork and the remastered debut in full. The vinyl, limited to 500 copies in the UK, will be available from participating independent record shops on Record Store Day.
Frontman James Graham said: “We’re very proud of our debut album. I’ve said this many times before but you only get one chance at making your first album and whilst ours didn’t set the world on fire or sell hundreds of thousands of copies, I think it’s a special record that means a lot to the people who have discovered it.”
Ahead of their Primavera appearance The Twilight Sad will be performing Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters in full at the following towns:
Tue 29 Apr @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Wed 30 Apr @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
Thu 1 May @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
Fri 2 May @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Sat 3 May @ Exchange, Bristol
Fri 30 May @ Primavera Sound, Barcelona
For full tour dates and tickets go to The Twilight Sad’s website here