WYE OAK

ANNOUNCE FURTHER UK DATES

Wye Oak who released their triumphant fifth album, ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ in April via Merge Records. Following the success of their recent European tour, Wye Oak have announced a second UK run for this August.
 
The album is a coil of anxiety and exuberance, its verses and chorus sweeping into cascades of magnetic harmony. By the time the song ends, it has bloomed into an irresistible pop gem, a spell to be shouted against the ills of our world.

 

To celebrate these new dates, as well as the kickoff of their US tour in North Carolina tonight, the band have shared a new music video for “It Was Not Natural,” one of the many sparkling moments from their new album 

 

The clip was directed by Dan Huiting and accompanies a song Jenn Wasner describes as being “about pulling the threads that hold the fabric of our world together.” She continues: “In our new video we have created a visual representation of a truth discovered in this process—that sometimes it is the most mundane things that are strangest of all.”

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Release lyric video for the sublime track LIFER

Third Track From The Delicious new album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, out April 6, 2018 on Merge Records

Along with a lyric video to accompany this latest track, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner has shared a piece she wrote while traveling back home from the band’s victorious week at SXSW; it's a piece about the song, the desire to align one’s internal beliefs with one’s behaviour, and more. Read it in full here.

 

"For some people, it is much harder to stay alive than it is for others.

The basic cruelty of this fact has been with me—hovering at the edges of my consciousness, often threatening to take over—for pretty much as long as I can remember. For each auspicious turn that my life has taken, I’ve always been conscious of how easily I could have ended up in a different situation, of how many things had to line up perfectly in my favor for me to be sitting here, writing to you. Sure, I work hard, and I’m moderately talented—but a lot of people do, and are. When you look at the facts in a broader context, it’s impossible to deny the reality that I’ve been very, very lucky.

Addiction, depression, and mental illness run in my family. I’m an anxious person, but my particular psychological weight is manageable, bearable—certainly not all-consuming or life-threatening. That’s genetic luck.I dropped out of college to play music when I was 20, and somehow the very first thing I made (with the person who is still my main collaborator and creative partner) got heard and released by the record label we’re still working with, over ten years later. That’s luck, too.

To be a creative, sensitive person is to be aware of the world around you—in an immediate sense, and in a global sense. Injustice is everywhere. Suffering is the norm for the vast majority of people on the planet. Throughout my life, this reality reflected itself to me from great distances, in the lives of strangers, and in the experiences of the people closest to me. And yet, while I watched those around me suffer, some invisible force seemed to have settled around me, protecting me from the same fate and dropping gifts of good fortune unceremoniously into my lap. I was always the lucky one. And along the way, my brain took a feeling that should have manifested as something like extreme gratitude and turned it into overwhelming, soul-twisting guilt.

I am an idealist, and a perfectionist—a tricky combination. From the deepest place inside of me, I believe that all people are deserving of equal happiness, and that a person’s self-worth is not determined by their ability to work or make money or hit any of the major checkpoints for success that our society has deemed acceptable. We all know that the world is not a perfect place, or anything even remotely approaching fair. And my first instinct when faced with something flawed is not to fix it, or to figure out some kind of compromise—my first instinct is to destroy it. Burn it down. So my attempts to align my internal beliefs with my behavior—to not play along with the shallow ambition and achievement-based value system that we’ve put into place for ourselves—has often manifested in my life as unintentional self-sabotage.

I wrote this song after a long conversation with a friend—someone who loves me and wants to see me succeed, and let go of this burden of guilt that I’ve been dragging around for my whole life. While I wrote it, I was thinking about the people in my life who have had to struggle much harder than I do, or likely ever will—just to stay alive. For a moment, I saw everything differently than I ever had before—I was able to accept and be grateful for the gifts I had been given. I was able to forgive myself for having so much more than so many others. And I made a deal in my mind with those others: If you can keep trying to choose life, and find joy, in the face of all of these obstacles, well, then, so can I. This song contains that promise. It’s called “Lifer.” I hope you like it.

—Jenn Wasner

March 2018

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Share second track from forthcoming new album - Hear "It Was Not Natural" now

UK live dates in May

Album "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs"   out April 6th on Merge

Following last week’s stunning video, Wye Oak have shared a second taste of new album ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’, which is set for release on April 6th via Merge Records.

During the intoxicating new single “It Was Not Natural,” a weary walk through the woods unearths a discarded antler, a talisman that provokes deep questions about our work lives, social codes, and romantic mores. The music—a sophisticated tessellation of pounded piano and loping bass, scattered drums and chirping synthesizer—is as complex and ponderous as these issues themselves. “It Was Not Natural” sees the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack navigating life’s difficulties with the nuance and power they demand.
 
Wasner offers the following: “This is a story about finding an object of uncertain origin whilst walking through the woods. Or, if you’d rather: it’s about exploring the space between the things that we are socialized to believe about ourselves, and the actual truth of our nature—learning how to push the limits of the systems we’ve put in place to help ourselves make sense of chaos.”
 
 
For ‘The Louder…’, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack flew to one another’s cities—she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas—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. They discarded past rules about how to write a record, instead funnelling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements.
 
The result is some of the biggest, broadest and boldest music Wye Oak has ever made. ‘The Louder…’ pursues a litany of modern malaises, each of its dozen tracks diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. It arrives at a time of immense doubt when our personal problems are infinitely compounded by a world that seems in existential peril. But these songs answer the challenge by radiating self-reflection and resolve, wielding hooks and musical intricacy as a shield against the madness of the moment. 
  
‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ will be out worldwide on April 6; pre-orders are available today.

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Share visually striking new video for album title track “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”

Last month, Wye Oak shared the title track from their hotly anticipated new album ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’, out April 6 via Merge worldwide. Today, they debut an accompanying music video, shot in the startling desert landscape of New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument by Dan Huiting.
 
The band sums it up best: “We went to the desert. It might seem hot, but it was actually cold. What is the point of all this? You’ll never outrun yourself. The past is always at your heels.”
 

WYE OAK

Announce new album “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”

Out April 6th on Merge

 

Wye Oak have announced details of their triumphant fifth album, ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ for release on April 6th via Merge Records. The release will be accompanied by extensive tour dates including a UK run in May - details below.
 
The title track is a coil of anxiety and exuberance, its verses and chorus sweeping into cascades of magnetic harmony. By the time the song ends, it has bloomed into an irresistible pop gem, a spell to be shouted against the ills of our world.

For ‘The Louder…’, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack flew to one another’s cities—she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas—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. They discarded past rules about how to write a record, instead funnelling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements.
 
The result is some of the biggest, broadest and boldest music Wye Oak has ever made. ‘The Louder…’ pursues a litany of modern malaise, each of its dozen tracks diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. It arrives at a time of immense doubt, when our personal problems are infinitely compounded by a world that seems in existential peril. But these songs answer the challenge by radiating self-reflection and resolve, wielding hooks and musical intricacy as a shield against the madness of the moment. 
 
With today’s ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ album announcement comes a whole slew of new US Wye Oak tour dates, on top of their special orchestral collaboration at NYC’s Symphony Space next month and their appearance at Iowa City’s Mission Creek Festival on release day.
 
‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ will be out worldwide on April 6; pre-orders are available today on CD and “sand & sky” (opaque beige & translucent blue) Peak Vinyl in the Merge store with an optional exclusive t-shirt bundle. The album is also available to pre-order via these participating independent record shops or from these digital providers.
 

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