Wye Oak – “The Tower”

By Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014

2011’s Civilian, the last album from the Baltimore duo Wye Oak, was a small masterpiece of longing, fuzzed-out, down-the-middle indie rock. But even though they’re great at that sound, Wye Oak aren’t content to stick with it. The band has just announced plans to release the new album Shriek this spring, and first single “The Tower” marks a real departure, splitting the warm glories of the band’s old sound with the bright, precise synthpop of frontwoman Jenn Wasner’s side project Dungeonesse, who released their very good self-titled debut last year. Wye Oak recorded Shriek at Brooklyn’s Rare Book Room, and Wasner has told SPIN that “there’s not a lick of guitar on this whole record,” saying that she’s playing bass over bandmate Andy Stack’s keyboards instead. Listen to “The Tower” and check out the Shriek tracklist below.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Before”
02 “Shriek”
03 “The Tower”
04 “Glory”
05 “Sick Talk”
06 “Schools Of Eyes”
07 “Despicable Animal”
08 “Paradise”
09 “I Know The Law”
10 “Logic Of Color”

Shriek is out 4/29 on Merge.