It’s been three years in the making, but Baltimore duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have finally announced the release of a new record. The album, entitled Shriek, is set for release on 29 April on City Slang, and the music confirms that the duo have gone through a transformation over the intervening years. Wasner has ditched her six string in favour of the bass guitar and Stack, although remaining firmly on drum duty, has begun supplementing the high end with his keyboard skills.
The results confirm the band have stepped away from their bluesy-folk driven past and have developed a sound infused with a higher pop sheen. Their new track ‘The Tower’ is a prime example of this, but the change of tone hasn’t resulted in the loss of any of the dark and sinister undercurrent that has permeated Wye Oak’s previous output. In fact, the contrast of dirty, overdriven bass sounds and clean, sprightly synths has resulted in Wasner’s vocals being projected right to the forefront of the music, which is certainly no bad thing. ‘The Tower’ demonstrates that Wye Oak have taken a brave leap forward, and as far as we can tell, it looks like it’s paid off.
Listen to ‘The Tower’ below.
Wye Oak are embarking on a spring tour in support of Shriek. Check out the dates here.