With a few exceptions, every successive release from Baltimore’s Wye Oak has sounded more polished than the one that came before. The duo’s latest, 2011’s Civilian, was hitherto their finest set of songs; perfectly balanced, neither to fuzzy nor to clean. Even so, their new single, “The Tower” is a strong departure from their former selves. Heavy on the synths and a bounce akin to “The Logical Song”, “The Tower” carries truckloads of warmth and pleasant harmonies. According to Jenn Wasner, one half of the duo, there won’t be a single guitar lick on their upcoming record. Going by “The Tower” it might not be as a bad move as it sounds. The more I listen to this the more it makes sense. This is eye-catching stuff that I see myself listening to all year long.
Wye Oak’s new album Shriek is out April 28 via City Slang in UK/Europe and the day after in the US via Merge Records.