Wye Oak’s Shriek arrives with a Liars-like conceptual conceit: After evolving into masters of the guitar-driven mood piece over the course of three LPs, the Baltimore duo has dispensed with guitars altogether this time out in favor of bass-heavy synth music. On early singles “The Tower” and “Glory,” that self-imposed restriction seemed to be working out pretty well. Now the whole album is out there for our perusal, and the quality level is maintained throughout its duration. Cruise over to NPR to hear it.
Shriek is out 4/29 on Merge.