Their name might seem weird to non-English speakers, but their music, between dreamy pop, like Beach House at their rootsiest, and the autumnal folk-rock of Cowboy Junkies without fear of electrical storms, is always friendly. The new album by Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack (they are Wye Oak ) will be in stores as from mid-March, 2011, and if the title track is in any way representative, “Civilian” should be the perfect record to get you through those last days of winter to the first breezes of spring. According to Wasner, the songs on the album “are, as a whole, about aloneness (the positive kind), loneliness (the horrible kind), moving on, and letting go (of people, places and things).” After recording and mixing their first two albums themselves, this time Wye Oak sought the assistance of John Congleton (who previously worked with St. Vincent and Shearwater). And according to what their American label says, his influence can be heard clearly on the ten songs they describe as “a kind of 21st-century folk music, imbued with dense shoegaze guitars, almost melodic rhythms, and impeccable splashes of electronic colour.” Out on 8th March via Merge; a day earlier in Europe via City Slang .
Wye Oak - “Civilian” 01. Two Small Deaths 02. The Alter 03. Holy Holy 04. Dogs Eyes 05. Civilian 06. Fish 07. Plains 08. Hot as Day 09. We Were Wealth 10. Doubt