Wye Oak are a duo made up of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. They formed in Baltimore but after two albums moved apart to North Carolina and Texas, respectively. Their long distance working relationship has now produced three further albums. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs was made as they wrote apart and recorded together. It sees the pair introducing more electronic elements into their music following on from their earlier guitar-led work. Available on limited edition beige/blue split coloured vinyl, black vinyl LP and CD on Merge.
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It’s either been a while or forever since I listened to Wye Oak, the loud and proud panorama of an indie rock band whose implementation of squeaky synths only rolls them forward to greener pastures -- think, like, the Windows screensaver of a gorgeous green hill, and feel the scope of what they do. On the bracing and embracing ‘The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs’, they give their instruments increments of maximum: guitars that screech, synths that overbear, drums that sprint their way to hell. Honestly: it’s impossible to not get caught up in it.
Wye Oak sound a bit freewheeling, this time. Happy to let their monolithic synthetic arrangements loll back and forth, growing on their own, they take their time coming in on tracks, bringing vocals into the title track only once their environment is worn with wind and wave. It’s a massive and visceral record because it lets its world develop, as on “Symmetry”, where the band invoke electrical storms out of juice-exploding guitar freakouts. It all sounds so simple, but it makes for a brilliant, breathless record.
It’s all a bit of a relief, really, that an indie rock record can be so staggering in 2018; that some Big Music can actually dial all the right numbers. ‘The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs’ will avalanche you into liking it.
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