Monday, March 15, 2010

Wye Oak - "I Hope You Die"

Wye Oak
For a song called "I Hope You Die" by a band that often bellows themes from the darker sides of things, one might not tend to expect textures of luminance and feelings of hope. Yes, the lyrics provide us with the angst and heartbreak that we've come to expect from Wye Oak, but this kind of feels like one of the brighter jams to come from this young local duo. Hear for yourself.

"I Hope You Die" is powered by Andy's keys, which add a depth unseen with any prior tracks from the duo. While previous songs found texture in bursts of noise, this one provides nooks and crannies throughout that give it a different feel. This track may hint at new directions for Wye Oak, but at it's core the same slow-building ups and downs scream with beauty and thought. Oh, and there's a saxophone too!

The new EP is called My Neighbor/My Creator, and was recorded by Chris Freeland along with brother Mickey Freeland in their basement studio outside of Baltimore. Mickey Free's remix of "That I Do", which originally appeared on Splice Today's Baltimore Does Baltimore, is the fifth track while the other four tracks are all brand new songs.

Andy and Jenn digitally released their new EP via Merge Records last week, and you can get the CD at any of their Spring tour dates or in stores June 8. Wye Oak is currently on tour with Jana Hunter's new band Lower Dens, and then head out on a massive North American journey with Shearwater. Get all the dates after the jump.

03.15.2010 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
03.24.2010 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03.25.2010 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
03.26.2010 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
03.27.2010 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03.28.2010 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
03.30.2010 Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear's
03.31.2010 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
04.01.2010 Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
04.02.2010 Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
04.03.2010 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
04.04.2010 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
04.05.2010 Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
04.06.2010 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
04.07.2010 Grinnell, IA @ Gardner Lounge - Grinnell College
04.08.2010 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
04.09.2010 Norman, OK @ The Opolis
04.10.2010 Dallas, TX @ The Loft
04.22.2010 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
04.23.2010 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
04.24.2010 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
04.25.2010 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
04.27.2010 Portland, OR Doug @ Fir Lounge
04.28.2010 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
04.29.2010 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
04.30.2010 Pullman, WA @ The Bell Tower
05.01.2010 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
05.02.2010 Salt Lake City, UT @ the State Room
05.04.2010 Denver, CO @ Walnut Room
05.05.2010 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
05.07.2010 Austin, TX @ The Parish

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