YES! The second song from the Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and Jon Ehrens (White Life) collaboration Dungeonnesse. “Shucks” is the opening track to the upcoming S/T LP out on May 14th (via Secretly Canadien). This is a straight up classic R&B jam. I’m in awe. I’m going out on a limb to say this might be one of my favorite albums of the year so far, eventhough I’ve only heard two tracks from it.
Holy crap there was truck loads of good music this year. This list is, of course, by no means perfect, and I most certainly could switch around the order with whatever mood I’m in that day. But in the end Mr. Kurt Vile and his beauty of an LP was played and enjoyed more than any other album this year. The same can be said for Sound Kapital (Youth Lagoon has just been killing my ears lately – so it shot up the chart). Wye Oak’s Civilian was a definite grower on me. For some odd reason the first couple of plays on that album didn’t fly too well, but over time I really began to cherish that set of tunes. Supremely powerful and well written. Now on to 2012…where many big big big big things await (stay tuned).
If you’ve been following my Tumblr you might have seen my post a few days ago of this new Wye Oak track “Civilian”. I’m so in love with this track right now, I thought it deserved a little more attention and just a little info on what’s new with the Baltimore duo. They have a new LP, Civilian, due out next March on Merge, and after hearing this track, its destined to be one of my favorites. For the album they enlisted the help of mixing engineer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Shearwater). This let Jenn and Andy get a completely different angle on their music. I think “Civilian” shows just that.
mp3: Wye Oak – Civilian
mp3: Wye Oak – I Hope You Die
Wye Oak will launch a pretty sizable tour next year. Check the dates after the jump.
What do you get when you take an already solid Mickey Free hip-hop track and add some sultry R&B vocals from Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and end it with some smooth sax playing by Wye Oak’s other half, Andy Stack as well as some guitar chops from Arbouretum’s Dave Heumann? An epic (wait, I mean EPIC) soulful song about love and love lost. Check it:
mp3: Mickey Free – Never Enough (feat. Wye Oak)
Stream Mickey Free’s LP Last Of The Tight Wiggers and pick up another free track on his bandcamp.
I don’t know if anything could have made me smile more than when I found out that Baltimore’s Wye Oak was releasing a new EP My Neighbor/My Creator (via Merge). Last year their sophomore effort The Knot found itself at the top of my favorite albums list. With this EP the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have opened up their sound a bit in the spirit of collaboration bringing in the production powers of the brothers Freeland (Chris and Mickey). The keyboard rich sound is something unexpected with Wye Oak, but it works…damn does it work. Here’s a track off it:
mp3: Wye Oak – I Hope You Die
It’s hard to believe a song entitled “I Hope You Die” would warm you up…but hey…its the truth. The closer of the EP is a remix that still might be the best remix I’ve heard in a long while. Mickey Free is just that good:
Wye Oak have announce a sweet and sugary mega fall tour with Blitzen Trapper (they stop by Baltimore on October 10th to the Ottobar ->more dates after the jump). To help celebrate Baltimore’s own hip hop artist Mickey Free (of Height With Friends fame) did a GREAT remix of Wye Oak’s “That I Do” off of The Knot. I was initially nervous about this endeavor since “That I Do” is such a favorite of mine (though it really is hard to pick favorites among all the stellar tracks on The Knot). But Mickey Free throws down some Construction Time Again mashed with Love and Rockets mashed with 808s aka CRAZY GOOD musicness to embrace Jen Wasner’s vocals. It works is what I’m trying to get at. And the brief rhyme and police sirens are dope as well. Check it: