Wye Oak – Civilian

April 17, 2011

“Virtuosity” is one word that comes to mind when listening to Wye Oak‘s new album, “Civilian.” Maybe it’s because Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have always been great musicians. Maybe it’s because they’ve been playing together for a sufficient length of time that they can anticipate each other’s moves. Or maybe it’s the added production skills that John Congleton brings to this one.

Maybe it’s all of the above, but whatever it is, everything’s in place here. The compositions are perfectly crafted. Quiet when they need to be; loud when they need to be. Sometimes pensive, other times rocking out.

But none of that fine craftsmanship would matter much were it not for power and passion behind the music. To quote Wasner from the Merge Records page, “the songs are … about aloneness, loneliness, moving on, and letting go.” As evidenced by the video and live performances below.

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/21490685]

“Fish” (Official Video)

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/20281830]

“Civilian” (Live in London)

“Holy Holy” (Live in Berlin)

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