WYE OAK - THE LOUDER I CALL, THE FASTER IT RUNS VINYL (LTD. ED. SAND & SKY SPLIT COLOURED GATEFOLD)
LIMITED EDITION SAND & SKY SPLIT COLOURED VINYL GATEFOLD
Release Date: 6th April 2018
Wye Oak, aka the indie folk-rock duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, are back with their first batch of new material since 2014's Shriek, and it's their best record thus far! Written and recorded between the duo's current homes of residence in Durham, North Carolina (Wasner) and Marfa, Texas (Stack) the to-and-fro nature of the band's set-up seems to have created a natural free-flowing record having not been able to be over-analysed. The record is beautiful but fragile and bursting with melodic energy with its syncopated rhythms, majestic melodies and angelic harmonies.
For Fans Of: Beach House, Lydia Ainsworth, St. Vincent, Briana Marela
"The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak - begins with an explosion. For a few seconds, piano, drums, and a playful keyboard loop gather momentum; then, all at once, they burst, enormous bass flooding the elastic beat. “Suffering, I remember suffering,” sings Jenn Wasner, her voice stretched coolly across the tizzy. “Feeling heat and then the lack of it, but not so much what the difference is.” The moment declares the second coming of Wye Oak, a band that spent more than a decade preparing to write this record - their most gripping and powerful set of songs to date, built with melodies, movement, and emotions that transcend even the best of their catalogue. Louder is the third record that Wasner and Andy Stack, who launched Wye Oak in Baltimore, have made while living in separate cities - she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas. They flew to one another 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. The result is the biggest, broadest, boldest music they’ve ever made. Louder pursues a litany of modern malaises, each track diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked."