Getting back to some semblance of order, following the mad dash to an H-T-A Best Albums of 2010 finish line, here's some music (and news) that I would have loved to post in a timely fashion as it broke last week.
Wye Oak. New album. Title track. Big tour. Mmmmmmmm.
If you haven't seen all this already, the new long player will be entitled Civilian and comes out next March (8th is US, 7th Euro folks). The Baltimore duo will be here in NYC for a big trio of dates with The Decemberists in late January, then hit the road around North America during the spring.
The song itself starts out, as many Wye Oak highlights do, with a meditative passage that's lent reflection by Jenn Wasner's distinctive winding vocal. The quiet can only persist for so long before the two give in to their instincts and erupt into flailing guitar lines set to crashing percussion. The track doesn't depart too far from what we'd expect from these folks, which isn't a bad thing given how much their sound has so enraptured this year.
The influence behind the album is also likely to fuel some introspective subject matter within the songs, as Wasner describes it thus: “this collection of songs is called Civilian because I believe everyone wants to be normal, but no one truly is.” As the lyrics have played a big part in luring me into their world, this is perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the new record personally.
Another to add to the list for early 2011 already...not much rest between years eh? And we wouldn't have it any other way. For some more to chew on between times, read the previous H-T-A coverage of Wye Oak on the band and take a peek at the NPR Tiny Desk Concert the band did with the video below.