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.