Monday, 12 March 2012

#MusicMustListen - Wye Oak



Wye Oak are one of the duo's at the forefront of the shoegaze movement, which if you're unfamiliar with the term, refers to music that features some serious distortion, reverb and anything with feedback-laden soundscape
s and effects pedals over melody - such as amplifier manipulation and studio experimentation.
It also refers to the NME's definition of early 90s Indie-Pop which pigeonholed musicians and groups that stared down at their feet, appearing to be in deep thought while performing, as "shoegazers". Think The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins etc etc.

Now back to 2012 and Wye Rock, who hail from Baltimore, with a mix of indie-folk-rock and dream-alt-pop which fuses melodic rhythms with colourful electronic landscapes. Lyricist Jenn Wasner's mesmerising vocals and Andy Stack's shoegaze guitar and whip-like percussion fuse perfectly on their third album "Civilian", which was released last year and is an all consuming blend of ambience rife with tension.
If you're wondering why I'm telling you this now, it's because the duo are performing in the UK this year on December 7-9 as part of the "All Tomorrow's Parties" event, and because their latest LP features the title track "Civilian", which is just THE BEST song EVER to listen to next time you're driving in the countryside with nobody around. Just wind those windows down and sing your heart out!

As with most of Wye Oak's LP's, the songs "are, as a whole, about aloneness (the positive kind), loneliness (the horrible kind), moving on, and letting go (of people, places, and things)," says Wasner - so basically, it's the kind of music your soul needs. 



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