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"nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat" — Pitchfork

"atmospheric and vivid" — SPIN

"Wherever Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack follow their muse, it’s going to be good." — Stereogum
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Wye Oak
Shriek

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the ... Read more

"nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat" — Pitchfork

"atmospheric and vivid" — SPIN

"Wherever Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack follow their muse, it’s going to be good." — Stereogum
___________________________________________________________________________________________

Wye Oak
Shriek

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. Shriek is Wye Oak’s fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.

Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn’s vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo’s collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.

To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive and forward-thinking approaches to production complemented their new direction. The result is a record of indisputable humanity. Shriek is a complete narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment.

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Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner spent much of the first Wye Oak record, If Children, submerging their songs of youthful love and dread in a distortion haze, but the band’s new record, The Knot, starts with a bell. From the first, clarion-clear note, Wye Oak’s collective vision is sharpened on The Knot, a set of songs that sway, stretch, and scream while always reaching outward for personal connection.

As ever, Stack’s production layers his own multi-instrumental arrangements over Wasner’s woozy compositions, but musically, too, things sound more precise. There is perhaps less squalling feedback than before, but lingering violin and pedal steel bring out the droning Americana that has always informed Wye Oak’s sound. Throughout The Knot, Wasner's lyrics explore the metaphorical possibilities of the album's title, assessing the ways, voluntary and otherwise, that our ties to other people define our experiences. The Knot encompasses romantic possibility as well as unromantic obligation.

Wye Oak started as two friends recording songwriting demos together, but their basement project has since evolved to include tours of America and Europe, and a home on legendary label Merge Records. The Knot reflects that burgeoning confidence and comfort while maintaining the intimacy and emotional directness that are the band's hallmarks. Only good things can come of a band this curious, honest, and oblivious to current trends. Pay attention.
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"For this Baltimore couple, love is a hazy tornado of sound. Singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner's hypnotic songwriting has obvious Americana roots, but on the duo's sophomore album, her dreamy vocals artfully join ragged riffs to drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack's layers of thunderstorm drums and surging keyboard drones." ~SPIN.COM

"The Baltimore duo Wye Oak have an interesting way of making music. Jenn Wasner sings and strums guitar, while Andy Stack manages to play drums with his feet and one hand while simultaneously pumping keyboard bass lines with his other hand. Lest you think that they’re just some lo-fi novelty act, Wye Oak actually have a big, full sound that matches the expansive moodiness of their songwriting. Wasner churns out towering grunge riffs that crumble into vast sonic canyons, which seem empty at first, until Stack’s production reveals wisps of psychedelic pedal steel and violin wending their way through the crashing silence. Such cloudy epics as “Mary Is Mary” and “Take It In” come off like Jesse Sykes backed by a Pink Floyd–inspired one-man band. Whether she’s tugging mountainous seas of feedback from her amp or keeping her hazy country idylls at a low jangle, Wasner generally sings with an unforced and coolly dreamy melodicism. Close your eyes, and she and Stack will sound much grander than they might appear onstage." ~LA WEEKLY

"The songwriting is pristine: Its melodies, downcast and celebratory in the same measure, burrow under the skin like a gentle inoculation." ~ BALTIMORE CITY PAPER

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat" — Pitchfork

"atmospheric and vivid" — SPIN

"Wherever Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack follow their muse, it’s going to be good." — Stereogum
___________________________________________________________________________________________

Wye Oak
Shriek

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. Shriek is Wye Oak’s fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.

Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn’s vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo’s collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.

To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive and forward-thinking approaches to production complemented their new direction. The result is a record of indisputable humanity. Shriek is a complete narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner spent much of the first Wye Oak record, If Children, submerging their songs of youthful love and dread in a distortion haze, but the band’s new record, The Knot, starts with a bell. From the first, clarion-clear note, Wye Oak’s collective vision is sharpened on The Knot, a set of songs that sway, stretch, and scream while always reaching outward for personal connection.

As ever, Stack’s production layers his own multi-instrumental arrangements over Wasner’s woozy compositions, but musically, too, things sound more precise. There is perhaps less squalling feedback than before, but lingering violin and pedal steel bring out the droning Americana that has always informed Wye Oak’s sound. Throughout The Knot, Wasner's lyrics explore the metaphorical possibilities of the album's title, assessing the ways, voluntary and otherwise, that our ties to other people define our experiences. The Knot encompasses romantic possibility as well as unromantic obligation.

Wye Oak started as two friends recording songwriting demos together, but their basement project has since evolved to include tours of America and Europe, and a home on legendary label Merge Records. The Knot reflects that burgeoning confidence and comfort while maintaining the intimacy and emotional directness that are the band's hallmarks. Only good things can come of a band this curious, honest, and oblivious to current trends. Pay attention.
___________________________________________________________________________________________

"For this Baltimore couple, love is a hazy tornado of sound. Singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner's hypnotic songwriting has obvious Americana roots, but on the duo's sophomore album, her dreamy vocals artfully join ragged riffs to drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack's layers of thunderstorm drums and surging keyboard drones." ~SPIN.COM

"The Baltimore duo Wye Oak have an interesting way of making music. Jenn Wasner sings and strums guitar, while Andy Stack manages to play drums with his feet and one hand while simultaneously pumping keyboard bass lines with his other hand. Lest you think that they’re just some lo-fi novelty act, Wye Oak actually have a big, full sound that matches the expansive moodiness of their songwriting. Wasner churns out towering grunge riffs that crumble into vast sonic canyons, which seem empty at first, until Stack’s production reveals wisps of psychedelic pedal steel and violin wending their way through the crashing silence. Such cloudy epics as “Mary Is Mary” and “Take It In” come off like Jesse Sykes backed by a Pink Floyd–inspired one-man band. Whether she’s tugging mountainous seas of feedback from her amp or keeping her hazy country idylls at a low jangle, Wasner generally sings with an unforced and coolly dreamy melodicism. Close your eyes, and she and Stack will sound much grander than they might appear onstage." ~LA WEEKLY

"The songwriting is pristine: Its melodies, downcast and celebratory in the same measure, burrow under the skin like a gentle inoculation." ~ BALTIMORE CITY PAPER

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"nervy, charged music, buzzing like a brain in heat" — Pitchfork

"atmospheric and vivid" — SPIN

"Wherever Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack follow their muse, it’s going to be good." — Stereogum
___________________________________________________________________________________________

Wye Oak
Shriek

Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak have spent most of their lives in Baltimore, Maryland. But after two years of constant touring with Civilian, their highly lauded 2011 album, they landed on opposite sides of the country with an unforeseeable future ahead. Despite this newfound uncertainty, the two bandmates embraced their physical distance, passing ideas back and forth, allowing new work to evolve in their respective solitudes. Shriek is Wye Oak’s fourth full-length and the culmination of their intent to express the emotional and intuitive self by acting out animalistic exclamations through cathartic release. It is their most personal and confident declaration yet.

Newly inspired by playing bass, Jenn took up songwriting in a setting where the guitar did not dictate harmonic boundaries or require a call-and-response relationship with her voice, a hallmark of previous Wye Oak records. With her phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn’s vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo’s collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish.

To engineer, mix, and co-produce, they brought in Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, whose inventive and forward-thinking approaches to production complemented their new direction. The result is a record of indisputable humanity. Shriek is a complete narrative of disorientation, loss, renewal, and empowerment.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner spent much of the first Wye Oak record, If Children, submerging their songs of youthful love and dread in a distortion haze, but the band’s new record, The Knot, starts with a bell. From the first, clarion-clear note, Wye Oak’s collective vision is sharpened on The Knot, a set of songs that sway, stretch, and scream while always reaching outward for personal connection.

As ever, Stack’s production layers his own multi-instrumental arrangements over Wasner’s woozy compositions, but musically, too, things sound more precise. There is perhaps less squalling feedback than before, but lingering violin and pedal steel bring out the droning Americana that has always informed Wye Oak’s sound. Throughout The Knot, Wasner's lyrics explore the metaphorical possibilities of the album's title, assessing the ways, voluntary and otherwise, that our ties to other people define our experiences. The Knot encompasses romantic possibility as well as unromantic obligation.

Wye Oak started as two friends recording songwriting demos together, but their basement project has since evolved to include tours of America and Europe, and a home on legendary label Merge Records. The Knot reflects that burgeoning confidence and comfort while maintaining the intimacy and emotional directness that are the band's hallmarks. Only good things can come of a band this curious, honest, and oblivious to current trends. Pay attention.
___________________________________________________________________________________________

"For this Baltimore couple, love is a hazy tornado of sound. Singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner's hypnotic songwriting has obvious Americana roots, but on the duo's sophomore album, her dreamy vocals artfully join ragged riffs to drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack's layers of thunderstorm drums and surging keyboard drones." ~SPIN.COM

"The Baltimore duo Wye Oak have an interesting way of making music. Jenn Wasner sings and strums guitar, while Andy Stack manages to play drums with his feet and one hand while simultaneously pumping keyboard bass lines with his other hand. Lest you think that they’re just some lo-fi novelty act, Wye Oak actually have a big, full sound that matches the expansive moodiness of their songwriting. Wasner churns out towering grunge riffs that crumble into vast sonic canyons, which seem empty at first, until Stack’s production reveals wisps of psychedelic pedal steel and violin wending their way through the crashing silence. Such cloudy epics as “Mary Is Mary” and “Take It In” come off like Jesse Sykes backed by a Pink Floyd–inspired one-man band. Whether she’s tugging mountainous seas of feedback from her amp or keeping her hazy country idylls at a low jangle, Wasner generally sings with an unforced and coolly dreamy melodicism. Close your eyes, and she and Stack will sound much grander than they might appear onstage." ~LA WEEKLY

"The songwriting is pristine: Its melodies, downcast and celebratory in the same measure, burrow under the skin like a gentle inoculation." ~ BALTIMORE CITY PAPER

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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