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Civilian was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and they have a new album, Shriek, coming out so I thought I'd start this thread about them.

They just debuted a song from Shriek, "The Tower", on All Songs Considered. http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/01/28/265734799/new-mix-wye-oak-ratking-john-lurie-more

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:30 (three years ago) Permalink

afraid to listen - I love them, but one thing I love about them is Jenn is a fucking awesome guitarist. I love to hear her play. I am not really lacking for bands with synths

joe perry has been dead for years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:46 (three years ago) Permalink

Don't worry, it sounds nothing like Dungeonesse (I didn't have a problem with them, ftr)

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:54 (three years ago) Permalink

the streaming track sounds good, doubtful about a whole guitar-less album though.

Simon H., Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:56 (three years ago) Permalink

nice band who didn't (yet?!) make a really great record from start to finish imo

nostormo, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:07 (three years ago) Permalink

this is dope, honestly i was a little disappointed that Civilian was more of a 'what they always do' Wye Oak record after the My Neighbor / My Creator EP suggested a new direction, so an album like this is overdue imo. they're brilliant songwriters, they can use whatever instruments they want.

some dude, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:20 (three years ago) Permalink

^^ YUP exactly same. i think "take it in" is their only heavy guitar song i've really loved while i love pretty much every song they've ever done with different instruments

worthless lucubrations w/ ill-concealed apathy bro (zachlyon), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 02:24 (three years ago) Permalink

wld be happy if they were just a classic old guitar/sax combo

worthless lucubrations w/ ill-concealed apathy bro (zachlyon), Wednesday, 29 January 2014 02:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Hadn't heard anything from Dungeonesse, but I did like the track they did for the Adult Swim singles series a few years back which was kind of different for them:

Of course that was still guitar based.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 05:27 (three years ago) Permalink

civilian is probably my favorite record of the past 5 years or so, so if they can recapture any of the magic of that for me, i don't care what instruments they're using to do it

ciderpress, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:11 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Merge posted another song off the album: https://soundcloud.com/mergerecords/wye-oak-glory

Like this a lot more than "The Tower". Way more excited for the album now (not like I wasn't before).

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 17 March 2014 18:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Not really liking any of these new songs, but this is better than "The Tower," which still feels about 9 minutes long every time I play it.

Evan R, Monday, 17 March 2014 18:40 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm gradually resigning myself to the reality that I probably won't like this record—the band's keyboards are so languid and chintzy; they just sound shitty to me—but I've got nothing but respect for them for going all in on a record age-old fans like myself were probably destined to dislike. Kudos to them; they've given me enough great music that I can't begrudge them a bum album.

Evan R, Monday, 17 March 2014 18:42 (three years ago) Permalink

The new album is fantastic. As with most albums, some songs work better than others, but taken as a whole, it's all really beautiful, shimmering synths and all. Sorry for the clichés, it's late and I'm stupid.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Monday, 24 March 2014 06:35 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Yeah this is really good. Feel silly for doubting them (even if I still can't crack "The Tower")

Evan R, Wednesday, 9 April 2014 16:32 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah enjoying this

first and last tracks are the best i think

ciderpress, Saturday, 19 April 2014 18:56 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

some footage i dug up from whartscape 2010, "civilian" and "that i do"



i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Tuesday, 13 May 2014 19:01 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Brad alerted me to this cover of Pat Benatar's "We Belong" and I love it more than life:


Tim F, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 23:25 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Second time through it now and so far so good. "No Dreaming" is an early favorite for me.

BrianEmo, Thursday, 9 June 2016 16:57 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm excited to hear this, since it's basically material they discarded in making The Shriek and it really seemed like they had to tear everything down and build it back up to make that album.

Dierks Bentley's Holistic Detective Agency (some dude), Thursday, 9 June 2016 17:07 (one year ago) Permalink

this band is so fucking good

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:16 (one year ago) Permalink

don't like that new track

am0n, Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Hate this LP on first listen, in the same way I hated Shriek (seemed muddy and overcluttered and underwritten). But I'm enjoying the hell out of it my third time around; the songs are really opening up.

Evan R, Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:56 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't think i could listen to an album 3 times in one day without hating it from overexposure

Dierks Bentley's Holistic Detective Agency (some dude), Thursday, 9 June 2016 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I think I was afraid if I didn't give it another chance I'd never get back around to it tbh. Now I'll probably shelf it for a while, but I'll be excited to return to it

Evan R, Thursday, 9 June 2016 19:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't know about the rest of the album yet, but I'm mesmerized by "If You Should See".

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 June 2016 00:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Really excited to hear this. I'm shocked that this thread is so short, and that this band didn't get a thread here til 2014. If Children and The Knot are two of my favorite records of that era. There were so many great bands in Baltimore in the aughts and they were always among the best. I saw them dozens of times, and I'm still kicking myself for taping an entire 2008 show save for one song they never released, "Half a Double Man." One of the most rocking songs they ever did, and I can't find any document of it online. Sorta sounded like Deerhoof.

flappy bird, Monday, 13 June 2016 00:55 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

didn't know about the Flock of Dimes record until now but it's great! it's pretty much just like having another Wye Oak record

ciderpress, Saturday, 15 July 2017 02:12 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah it's great 👌

flappy bird, Saturday, 15 July 2017 02:49 (six months ago) Permalink

pretty sure it'd be my 2nd favorite wye oak record after civilian if it was one. its that good

ciderpress, Saturday, 15 July 2017 17:40 (six months ago) Permalink

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