Luxury Wafers Exclusive: Wye Oak, Live @ Chessvolt Studios with Videos and Mp3s

by Landry on April 14, 2010

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.

Check out Wye Oak’s album, The Knot (Merge, 7/21/09), recorded and produced by Stack. Hear an original track from The Knot and read the review HERE.

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.

Wye Oak – That I Do – Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.

Wye Oak – My Neighbor – Luxury Wafers Sessions from Luxury Wafers on Vimeo.

Listen to the Exclusive Live Tracks (option/click to download):

:: Family Glue [mp3]

:: Milk & Honey [mp3]

:: Take It In [mp3]

:: Please Concrete [mp3]

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    Marcelo P April 15, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Sounds great! Thanks for that.
    (the download link for “Take it in” does not work though)

    Joe April 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love Wye Oak. Note that the Take It In MP3 link does not seem to be working.

    Landry April 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. Take It In [mp3] link is fixed now. Enjoy!

    Jon Ostrow-MicControl April 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I had never heard of these guys before, but I really enjoyed the video of That I Do – Nice write up of the group as well! Your description of a ‘drug-less stupor’ is perfect! Thanks again, I will be sure to download these tracks and will help spread around these videos!

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