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Wye Oak Release New Videos For Recent Singles, The Tower And Glory

Following an intimate London show a couple of weeks ago and with current single Glory in regular radio rotation, Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak have premiered new videos for The Tower and Glory.

The Tower was the first track to be announced from Wye Oak’s new album, Shriek, back in January and has now been brought to life with a silent film/mime inspired clip by Baltimore artist and comedian Ben O’Brien.

And now with their UK tour just over a month away, they reveal a new video for lead single, Glory.

Glory, currently in heavy rotation at BBC 6music, has received high praise across press and radio – and rightly so. The track showcases the Baltimore duo’s drastically new approach to song writing with guitars swapped for bass and keyboards leading the way for Jenn Wasner’s vocals which sound richer and more heady than ever before.

The new video for Glory was created by by Michael Patrick O’Leary and Ashley North Compton. In their words it: “…explores an internal and external power struggle and a fear of loss of control—through the lens of youth, anxiety, ease and tension.

“The narrative follows youth-oriented themes, colours, styles and struggles with jarring and uncomfortable characters and movements…Feelings of impulsivity and unsettledness are evoked.”

Shriek was released on April 28 through City Slang (Merge in the US) and marks a sonic shift from Wye Oak’s signature sound, which is usually focused around lead-singer Jenn Wasner’s guitar playing.

When Wasner set out to make the album, she ditched the guitar and wrote the whole album on bass while Stack layered synths and drums to support the very personal, emotional works.

Shriek is out now.

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Wye Oak Reveal Lead Single, Glory, From New Album

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.

Wye Oak

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.

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Wye Oak Reveal New Track The Tower And Details Of New Album Release

The Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) will release their fourth full-length studio album Shriek this 28 April on City Slang.

On Tuesday, BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne unveiled the first track The Tower on her show and the band have now made the song available to listen to and share.

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.

Wye Oak

Wye Oak

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.

Wye Oak will be on tour throughout the spring beginning 3 March and including stops at both Coachella and SXSW. Other highlights include a sold out show at The Lexington in London, the M4M Music Festival in Zurich and Webster Hall in New York City on 7 May. All confirmed dates are below with more to follow..

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.

You can catch Wye Oak live on the following dates:
7 – 16.03 SXSW, Austin Texas
20.03. London UK – Lexington (SOLD OUT)
21.03. Brussels BE – Botanique
22.03. Amsterdam NL – MC Theatre
25.03. Berlin DE – Privatclub
28.03. Zurich CH – M4Music Festival
29.03. Istanbul TR – IKSV
11.04 Coachella Festival
18.04 Coachella Festival

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Wye Oak – Holy Holy

Since the release of their third album, Civilian, earlier this year, Wye Oak have continued to grow in popularity in the UK.

Wye Oak

Wye Oak

The duo, Jenn Wasner and Andy Slack, have now released details of their European tour. On some of the dates they will be supporting The National, showing just how far they’ve come this year alone.

Holy Holy is their current single and is completely different from the previous single, Civilian. While Civilian was a dark song with sad and lonesome lyrics, Holy Holy shows another side to this band. It is much more upbeat with rock influenced guitar contrasting with Jenn Wasner angelic and soft vocals.

If you want to catch them live, Wye Oak’s tour dates are as follows:
August 23 Edinburgh Corn Exchange (w/The National)
August 24 Glasgow Academy (w/The National)
November 3 Germany Berlin Lido
November 4 Denmark Copenhagen Huset Magstraede
November 5 Sweden Stockholm Debaser
November 6 Norway Oslo Mono
November 8 Germany Munster Gleis 22
November 9 Germany Heidelberg Karlstorbahnof
November 10 Switzerland Friboug Fri-Son
November 11 Italy Milan Salumeria Della Musica
November 12 France Toulouse Saint Des Seins
November 13 Spain San Sebastien Kontadores
November 15 Spain Barcelona Sidecar
November 17 Germany Koln Gebaude
November 18 Luxembourg Luxembourg Rockhal Café
November 19 Netherlands Den Haag Crossing Border Festival
November 20 Belgium Antwerp Crossing Border Festival
November 21 France Paris Point Ephemere
November 22 London XOYO

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Wye Oak – Civilian

Wye Oak sounds like quite an unusual name for a band but not for this indie folk duo. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack are all the way from Maryland, Baltimore taking their name from their state’s former tree which was destroyed by a thunderstorm.

That aside, it doesn’t seem this band will fall to their death anytime soon. They are to release their third album titled Civilian in March next year and I’ve had the privilege of listening to the title track.

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Jenn and Andy - the dynamic duo

Civilian combines eccentric rock guitar with folk vocals and up tempo drum beats.

It carries traditional folk elements such as Wasner’s soothing Joni Mitchell inspired voice but mixes it up with extreme guitar solos and fancy electronics.

Starting off, it portrays a dark theme by combining sad vocals, somber guitar and a plain drum beat accompanied by a lonesome tambourine. You’re left feeling as if that’s all it is going to consist of. Nothing will change or develop.

But this is the point behind the song. It has a sense of desperation. As the texture goes from soft to fast and pleading, it feels like something is being searched for. The lyrics, “I don’t need another friend. When most of them, I can barely keep up with them” help to show the message.

The drums and distorted guitar kick in alongside this, lending the song to become part of another genre. All components of rock, folk and indie are showcased explicitly. This duo knows how to please.

The tender vocals capture the essence of folk music whilst the building drum beat and passionately played guitar opens the song up to indie. I’ve never heard anything like this before and it’s brilliant.

Don’t miss their album release on March 7 2011.

 

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