Wye Oak Return with 'Shriek' LP, Share New Song

Wye Oak Return with 'Shriek' LP, Share New Song
Since the last time folky rock duo Wye Oak released an album, 2011's Civilian, singer Jenn Wasner temporarily turned her attention to her synth-pop side-project Dungeonesse. It seems that these influences have been absorbed into her work with Wye Oak, since the forthcoming Shriek is apparently a departure from their usual sound.

Due out April 29 through Merge, the album was mixed and co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Spoon, Dirty Projectors) at his Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn. It was written while Wasner and bandmate Andy Stack, who were previously both based in Baltimore, but now live on opposite sides of the country. They developed ideas by sending ideas back and forth from their respective home bases.

Wasner, who previously played guitar in the band, has now switched to bass, with Stack handling the brunt of the instrumentation on keyboard. A press release describes the sound like this: "With her [Wasner's] phrasing freed, now it is often Andy who interacts with Jenn's vocals, playing syncopated and meditative keyboard parts, and the duo's collaborative arrangements provide a backdrop in which both the arcs of melodies and the new rhythmic elements flourish."

The album cover is above and the tracklist is below. Scroll past that to listen to the offbeat-accenting cut "The Tower," which is accompanied by simple, flickering visuals.

Shriek is available to pre-order here. The first 400 vinyl copies will come on orange wax.

In support of the album, Wye Oak have also announced a North American tour, which includes a few Canadian dates. You can get the details below.


1. Before

2. Shriek

3. The Tower

4. Glory

5. Sick Talk

6. Schools of Eyes

7. Despicable Animal

8. Paradise

9. I Know the Law

10. Logic of Color

Tour dates:

03/03 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern *

03/04 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel *

03/05 Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom *

03/06 Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover

03/07 Chattanooga, TN – JJ's Bohemia *

03/08 Oxford, MS – Proud Larry's *

03/09 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon *

03/20 London, England – Lexington

03/21 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique

03/23 Amsterdam, Netherlands – MC Theater

03/25 Berlin, Germany – Privatclub

03/28 Zurich, Switzerland – M4M Music Festival

03/29 Istanbul, Turkey – Salon IKSV

04/11 Indio, CA – Coachella

04/18 Indio, CA - Coachella

05/02 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small's Theatre

05/03 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club

05/05 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

05/06 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

05/07 New York, NY – Webster Hall

05/09 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

05/10 Montreal, QC – Il Motore

05/11 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern

05/13 Chicago, IL – Metro

05/14 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall

05/15 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe

05/16 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room

05/17 Lawrence, KS – The Granada

05/18 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House

05/20 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

05/21 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

* with Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat