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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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

Murgatroid, Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:54 (seven years ago) link

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

Simon H., Tuesday, 28 January 2014 19:56 (seven years ago) link

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

nostormo, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:07 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

^^ 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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-7dTjgn7dc

Of course that was still guitar based.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 05:27 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

yeah enjoying this

first and last tracks are the best i think

ciderpress, Saturday, 19 April 2014 18:56 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKKK4QxaX00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMInRXLH34c

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

one year passes...

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

http://www.avclub.com/video/wye-oak-covers-pat-benatar-announces-big-tour-234480

Tim F, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 23:25 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

New album out now, doncha now:

http://pitchfork.com/news/65996-wye-oak-announce-new-album-tween-share-watching-the-waiting-video-watch/

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 9 June 2016 16:38 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

this band is so fucking good

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:16 (four years ago) link

don't like that new track

am0n, Thursday, 9 June 2016 18:54 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

yeah it's great 👌

flappy bird, Saturday, 15 July 2017 02:49 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

New album info!

Josh (phantompenguin), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:23 (three years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO7ffikJOE4

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:41 (three years ago) link

this new song is great, i love the mangled distorted guitar part in the chorus

flappy bird, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:44 (three years ago) link

btw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oIX-RUjVhg

flappy bird, Sunday, 4 February 2018 01:59 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Album is out. It's fantastic. Think I'll go buy it rn.

Jeff W, Friday, 6 April 2018 20:40 (three years ago) link

Slightly less hyperbolic second take: Side 2 loses a bit of focus in the middle, and it needs an epic closing track - as it is, the record just ends. Side 1 is perfect though.

Jeff W, Saturday, 7 April 2018 14:55 (three years ago) link

Parts of this are spectacular. "Lifer" in particular is just beautiful.

Tim F, Saturday, 7 April 2018 22:12 (three years ago) link

This album is the best album.

Tim F, Monday, 9 April 2018 01:13 (three years ago) link

I was kinda cold on this album at first but it's really growing on me - the last few songs in particular.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Monday, 9 April 2018 01:46 (three years ago) link

Growing on me, too. I like the really fast / herky-jerky one on side 2.

flappy bird, Monday, 9 April 2018 04:36 (three years ago) link

This is so good! I love how, for all the sweep and the swooning and the Liz Fraserisms, there's nearly always something to hook into rhythmically as well, it doesn't sacrifice momentum for atmosphere.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 07:41 (three years ago) link

this is their best one since they went synthpop

ciderpress, Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:59 (three years ago) link

<3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8GdRtQi7VA

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Monday, 16 April 2018 22:00 (three years ago) link

four weeks pass...

wyeoakteau twins

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 04:25 (two years ago) link

Works for me. I really like "The Louder I Call", though I went back to "Tween" and felt there just wasn't enough there to keep my interest, it just felt too insubstantial and gauzy.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:42 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

finally got around to this and it's the best music in the world

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 9 July 2018 20:05 (two years ago) link

Looking forward to finally seeing them next week.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 July 2018 20:12 (two years ago) link

yeah this album is incredible, possibly my favorite of theirs

supreme court justice samuel lance-ito (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 July 2018 20:18 (two years ago) link

I love this album so much but I am also devastated that their cover of “We Belong” appears to have disappeared from the internet ;_;

Tim F, Monday, 9 July 2018 21:45 (two years ago) link

oh solid now i have a fresh grudge against the av club

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 9 July 2018 21:47 (two years ago) link

pretty sure i ripped that

mookieproof, Monday, 9 July 2018 21:49 (two years ago) link

Great band

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:56 (two years ago) link

you of all people

ciderpress, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:03 (two years ago) link

last 3 tracks on this are the best part

ciderpress, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:05 (two years ago) link

they're local heroes i grew up seeing them, back when they were called Monarch. glad they're still active despite living in different cities

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:05 (two years ago) link

last 3 tracks on this are the best part

― ciderpress, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6:05 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

god yeah for real

princess of hell (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:15 (two years ago) link

could maker an argument for tracks 4-5-6 as well.

Hall of Fam (Spottie), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:02 (two years ago) link

damn, this record is gorgeous. decided i'm gonna just listen to their discography all day today

davey, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:58 (two years ago) link

i love this band.

i'm less in love with the latest record than earlier ones (i love jen's guitar playing) but it is very good.

they're great live, go see them if you can. they were one of my highlights this past weekend at the (honestly pretty half-assed) eaux claires festival. just as good in the sunshine as the club i saw them in last. plus a joni mitchell cover!

goole, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 21:59 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

this album is so good

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 27 October 2018 20:40 (two years ago) link

"it was not natural" in particular

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 27 October 2018 20:52 (two years ago) link

and "say hello." and "you of all people." and "i know it's real"

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 27 October 2018 21:13 (two years ago) link

pretty much a perfect record.

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Saturday, 27 October 2018 22:49 (two years ago) link

Yeah this is like my platonic ideal of a modern indie rock record, and there’s so much to focus on that it’s easy to overlook the frequently, subtly great lyrics (“and my whole life is in that space: after the cut, before pain”).

Tim F, Sunday, 28 October 2018 05:49 (two years ago) link

"It Was Not Natural" might be my song of the year, need to keep trying with the rest.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:44 (two years ago) link

Can't believe it's been 10 years since "Please Concrete" hooked me for life.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:45 (two years ago) link

it is an excellent record though I think civilian will always be my favorite

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 29 October 2018 01:14 (two years ago) link

yeah I love them all but If Children has always been my favorite. they had this sick song called "Half a Double Man" circa 2008, when they were writing and playing out all the songs that ended up on The Knot. I lost the only bootlegs I had of them playing that song... it was sort of like Deerhoof but heavier.

flappy bird, Monday, 29 October 2018 04:31 (two years ago) link

I can still hum & drum it

flappy bird, Monday, 29 October 2018 04:31 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

https://web.archive.org/web/20160401011739/http://www.avclub.com/video/wye-oak-covers-pat-benatar-announces-big-tour-234480

leaving this here for anyone like me who needs the occasional fix

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 17:10 (two years ago) link

pretty sure i ripped that

― mookieproof, Monday, July 9, 2018 2:49 PM (seven months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yo mookie hook me up i am a technological idiot

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 17:20 (two years ago) link

https://www.sendspace.com/file/gwaeq5

mookieproof, Friday, 8 March 2019 19:01 (two years ago) link

thank u

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 8 March 2019 19:31 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

my favourite cover version

Tim F, Friday, 5 April 2019 12:19 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

I really love "Evergreen". Seems like a one-off done for some Adult Swim compilation? I don't know much about this band. I liked their last album alright, but never went back. Now I'm re-listening to that as well as sifting through their back catalog.

beard papa, Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:29 (one year ago) link

Hey, I missed that one, thanks for the tip! Adored their last album, nice to hear they're still moving in the same direction.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 17 October 2019 22:05 (one year ago) link

Just read in a Washington Post review of Bon Iver live, that Jenn Wasner is part of the five-piece band backing Justin Vernon/ Bon Iver on this tour

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 October 2019 21:00 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

"In addition to releasing new material, the group is mounting their most ambitious tour yet. Called JOIN, the tour will feature a newly expanded live band performing not only Wye Oak’s music but songs from Stack and Wasner’s respective solo projects, Joyero and Flock of Dimes, and beyond. These performances will include new music, re-imaginings of songs from deep in their catalog, and hidden gems spanning their parallel creative work."

new song is wonderful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_pu_oCb3ic

maura, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 16:50 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

20 minute No Horizon EP out, a collaboration with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. First track "AEIOU" is gorgeous. Reminds me a little of Beach House with those drums and guitars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaLp_0_r2P8

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/wye-oak-no-horizon-ep/

Indexed, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 15:14 (eight months ago) link

Yeah this is lovely - though the use of a children’s choir throughout reminds me oddly of Verspertine.

Tim F, Tuesday, 4 August 2020 15:51 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...

new flock of dimes record seems like it's gonna be fucking amazing based on the singles

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 March 2021 15:27 (one month ago) link

Roxor!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 15:34 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

this album is outrageously great

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 2 April 2021 13:46 (two weeks ago) link

wow at "price of blue"

ufo, Saturday, 3 April 2021 01:53 (two weeks ago) link

album of the year for me so far, feels like it might end up my favorite overall Wasner thing that isn't Shriek

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Thursday, 8 April 2021 01:46 (one week ago) link

Love the bits of this flirts with country. I can almost imagine an Emmylou Harris harmony on "Awake for the Sunrise."

Indexed, Thursday, 8 April 2021 19:44 (one week ago) link

this album is really good

what is with the rhythm on "two" though? is it in 15/16 or something?

ufo, Monday, 12 April 2021 08:06 (one week ago) link

it's so close to being 4/4 but just slightly off-kilter that it's a really strange listen. i can't actually think of any other songs that do the same thing

ufo, Monday, 12 April 2021 08:08 (one week ago) link

got that “springtime in Durham second shot” feeling pic.twitter.com/0Aqta6YyXs

— Jenn Wasner (@flockofdimes) April 9, 2021

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 April 2021 14:09 (one week ago) link

good lord is this excellent. very much in the vein of the last wye oak album which i also absolutely loved.

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 16:31 (six days ago) link

what is with the rhythm on "two" though? is it in 15/16 or something?

― ufo, Monday, April 12, 2021 3:06 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

i think it is in 4/4 but syncopated so the downbeat hits a little before the 4 beat. could be wrong. the chorus is absolutely in 4/4, tho.

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 16:32 (six days ago) link

i considered that possibility but it never quite seemed to line up when i counted and she said in an interview it's in a 'weird time signature' which makes me more convinced it's not just a syncopated 4/4

a friend says they think it's in 7/8 but that never quite seemed to line up either for me either, seemed to be between that and 4/4 which is how i got to 15/16. maybe the syncopation just threw me off and i counted wrong though

i am probably going to try transcribing it sometime to be sure because this has been bugging me all week lol

ufo, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 21:46 (six days ago) link

feels like it could be, i think i was assuming a lower bpm.

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:51 (six days ago) link

Sounds like 7/8 to me

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 23:03 (six days ago) link

I also hear it as 7/8 (4+3) all the way through on a quick listen

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 04:16 (five days ago) link

I think that although the first snare hit always seems to land on the 3, sometimes (in strong bars?) maybe the second snare hit is a little early and lands between 6 and 7, while sometimes it's right on the 7, but I think there's always a bar of 7?

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 04:23 (five days ago) link


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