RIYL: Mitski, Local Natives, Fear of Men, The Joy Formidable

Label: Merge Records

I’m pleased to report the Wye Oak is at it again with their 6th studio album, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. This time around, they are suckling on the particle climate that we live in and aim to provide sound to the feelings and torment that many of us our experiencing. The release is on “sand and sky” (opaque beige and transparent blue) vinyl and Includes a 12 × 12 in. insert with lyrics and download card. You can get it at their bandcamp site, at Rough Trade, Amoeba and other outlets, but Merge has free shipping, so that’s the buy now button. Enjoy!

For The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack flew to one another’s cities—she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas—for a week or so at a time, hunkering in home studios to sort through and combine their separate song sketches. These shorter stints together produced less second-guessing and hesitation in their process, yielding an unabashed and unapologetic Wye Oak. They discarded past rules about how to write a record, instead funneling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements.

The result is the biggest, broadest, boldest music Wye Oak has ever made. Louder pursues a litany of modern malaises, each of its dozen tracks diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. It arrives at a time of immense doubt, when our personal problems are infinitely compounded by a world that seems in existential peril. But these songs answer the challenge by radiating self-reflection and resolve, wielding hooks and musical intricacy as a shield against the madness of the moment.

The Details

Peak Vinyl: Limited-edition pressing on “sand and sky” (opaque beige and transparent blue) vinyl. Includes lyric insert and download card.

Includes digital pre-order of The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

digital album releases April 6, 2018
item ships out on or around April 5, 2018

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Price $22

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