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Wilsen – “Sea To Sea (Wye Oak Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Tamsin Wilson's voice is so intimate that her atmospheric indie pop feels like a long phone call with a significant other. It's only fitting that she's caught the attention of Wye Oak, a band known for merging subtle, commanding vocals with powerful instrumentals. The Baltimore duo have given Wilsen's gentle ballad "Sea To Sea" a… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / February 18, 2015

Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right (Wye Oak Remix)”

With Shriek's move over to the synth-ier side of things, Wye Oak now have more in common stylistically with Sylvan Esso than they ever would have previously, and this remix of "Play It Right" feels very appropriate. The duo adds a few new elements to the song, gradually turning the track into a noisy, clamoring… More »

By: James Rettig / January 20, 2015

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There's too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it -- or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool'… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014

Download New Cover Songs And Watch A Short Documentary Celebrating 25 Years Of Merge

North Carolina-based Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. From taking over baseball games to planning their own four-day festival, they've been doing so in style. The next part of their celebration is a 24-minute documentary chronicling the rise of the indie label. It features interviews with employees and artists and… More »

By: James Rettig / July 8, 2014

Watch Wye Oak Cover Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” For A.V. Club

Every year the A.V. Club does its Undercover series, which begins with a big list of songs and each week allows a band to pick one of those songs to cover. The catch is, once that song is covered, it is crossed off the list, and the choices become more limited. Wye Oak now have… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 3, 2014

Watch Wye Oak Cover Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”

Kate Bush's 1985 single "Running Up That Hill" conjures a soulfully dusky vibe not far off from the feelings Wye Oak elicited on their bass-and-keyboards excursion Shriek, so it's a perfect fit for the Baltimore duo to cover on tour. And cover it they did Tuesday to kick off their encore at Washington, DC'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 8, 2014

Wye Oak – “Glory” Video

The Baltimore duo Wye Oak released their synth-dominated new album Shriek a few days ago, and now they've made a video for the grandly fidgety single "Glory." It's a weird one. Michael Patrick O'Leary and Ashley North Compton directed the video, which is full of oblique imagery: Blank-faced young blonde women, ice… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2014

Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn't the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014

Soft Screams: Wye Oak On The Anxieties And Introspection Of Shriek

The first thing you notice, of course, is the lack of guitar. That's been the hook ever since the announcement of Wye Oak's new album Shriek. Ever since we got our collective first taste via "The Tower." After skipping up to the front of the class of "Bands That Make Guitar Music Invigorating And… More »

By: Ryan Leas / April 29, 2014

Stream Wye Oak Shriek

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 21, 2014

Wye Oak – “The Tower” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

"The Tower" was our first sample of Wye Oak's new guitar-free sound, and now it's also the first video from the Baltimore duo's forthcoming Shriek. Although the song's bounding lope is tinged with melancholy, the video is pure whimsy. Ben O'Brien's clip finds a crew of painters getting all Mary Poppins on us i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2014

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week due to SXSW, and came back to a Week In Music so overcrowded with options that we could have easily filled two or more such lists and still had worthy songs to argue about. Remember this when you note the absence below of, say, Lykke Li or… More »

By: Stereogum / March 21, 2014

Wye Oak – “Glory”

So far from Wye Oak's guitar-free, synth-heavy Shriek we've heard the elegantly stomping lead single "The Tower" and a live rendition of the grooving twilight slow jam "Before." Now another studio recording has surfaced, a blustery, uptempo bass burst called "Glory." This scans as the most aggressive sound on the record so far… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 17, 2014

Watch Wye Oak Play New Song “Before” At SXSW

Hey, here's some more SXSW stuff! You're not sick of that yet, right? Baltimore duo Wye Oak are in town, and they're getting ready to release the synthed-up, guitar-free new album Shriek; we've already posted first single "The Tower." Thursday morning, the duo played a session for the Austin radio station KUTX, and they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2014

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Mark Kozelek has now released three songs from the forthcoming Sun Kil Moon LP Benji, and all three have found their way to their respective week's 5 Best Songs: the brand new "I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same" is in the upper half of this week's list. That's a pretty good sig… More »

By: Stereogum / January 31, 2014

Wye Oak – “The Tower”

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014

Watch Dan Rossen, Robin Pecknold, Hamilton Leithauser, And Victoria Legrand Cover Gene Clark In Brooklyn

The four-date indie rock all-star tour in tribute to Gene Clark's 1974 album No Other made its final stop last night in at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg. As advertised, Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen, Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold (still closely shorn!), the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, Beach House's Victoria Legrand, and Fairport Convention's Iain Matthew… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 26, 2014

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we've ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we're looking forward to hearing, enjoying,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013

Members Of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Walkmen, Beach House To Cover Gene Clark On Tour

No Other, the 1974 solo album from the former Byrds member, is one of those cult-favorite albums that you're probably never heard of unless you're part of its cult. The densely orchestrated album pushed the studio excesses of early-'70s Cali folk rock to its natural conclusion, and all that ornamentation served to highlight Clark's voice. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2013

Album Of The Week: Dungeonesse Dungeonesse

You haven't always been able to hear it in the actual music that comes out of the city, but Baltimore's DIY-heavy indie rock scene has always been a beautifully unsnobby and pop-happy sort of place. I haven't lived there in nearly eight years, and haven't spent nearly enough time there since I moved out, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2013
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