If Wye Oak were cocooning inside their Baltimore hometown, their latest album: The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs is surely the butterfly of their labour.
With songs that metamorphose from rock-heavy, to synth-rock fusion, closing with acoustic tracks reminiscent of Civilian, their latest album is a rollercoaster for the senses. Lifer and You of All People are stand out tracks in their own rights, and are a couple of the most memorable from the album. With lyrics hitting home such as ‘Did you say that I was the lifer/ Did you say that life could be better?’, the notion of exploring one’s place within an anxious universe follows the listener from track to track.
Switching up the formula that gave Holy Holy and Two Small Deaths such success, but retaining the core indie-folk vibe that are characteristic of this US group, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have breathed a fresh of breath air into their discography with this latest release.
Transporting you to a time reminiscent of the late 70s, the familiar vocals of the duo truly shine during the softer songs of their now sixth studio album. With the opening ‘song’, thirty seconds of instrument tuning, it is a clever addition that sets the tone for the music which follows, and highlights that they are a group which are back to their roots, and are proud to show it.
While this isn’t an album which will be for everyone, for those chasing cruisy-beats and bottling the sound of summer-night-beach-beer-sessions, look no further than Wye Oak’s latest offering.
Album Review By Robyn Clifford