Wye Oak mature with new album "Civilian;" debut new video
That's Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner describing their last album, "The Knot."
After working independently for years, Wasner and Andy Stack got a chance to make that album with all the time and resources that brand-new label representation allowed them. They had just been signed to Merge Records in 2008.
But the financial freedom actually worked against them, Wasner says, and the album was "overdone" and "less sculpted" than "If Children."
In a story in tomorrow's paper, online already, Wasner talks about how their new album, "Civilian," came together last year.
She says it finds them at a new level of maturity.
Its best tracks ("We Were Wealth," "Holy Holy," "Hot as Day") are the opposite of the sometimes indulgent, five-minute songs in "The Knot:" they are pared down where the others were overdone; immediate instead of meandering; poignant, rather than just lush.
Below is "Fish," the album's first video: