What I love about the young, old-sounding souls, Wye Oak from Baltimore, is the womb they create. Between Jenn Wasner’s mesmerizing, melty voice – like warm poured liquid – plus heavily enveloping guitar and Andy Stack’s arrangements, which include crashing cymbals, pounding drums and keyboard drones, there’s a wall of insulation erected that begs escape into the music’s snug, protected sleeping bag, cushioned away from chaos of the world.
In these live recordings from Wye Oak’s session with us last September, the duo’s hypnotic cocoon was in full force. They sedated us as well as their inanimate audience – a bag of chips, synthetic duster, plastic giraffe and armless skeleton – with blankets of grim yet addictive lullabies. Enjoy 2 videos plus 4 more takeaway tracks just a little further down this page.
Already, Wye Oak’s got a new EP out: My Neighbor/My Creator (Merge, 6/8/10). This time they’re onto a less saturated, more open sound that feels like they’ve unzipped and suddenly walked out into streets of the world around them. The four new songs (plus a remix), recorded by Chris and Mickey Freeland, definitely feel more free and upbeat, if not a little busy. Here’s one of the new tracks: I Hope You Die [mp3]
I have to admit I’m a huge fan of the drug-less stupor Wye Oak has a knack for inducing. Plus, they’ve got a great sense of humor and they’re super chill to hang with. Go hear Wye Oak live, in person, for yourself at your favorite local venue. They’re touring now through mid-May, hitting all the right spots (including LA’s Spaceland on 4/24) before they head back home for their EP release. Tour dates HERE.
Listen to the Exclusive Live Tracks (option/click to download):