"Shriek" - Wye Oak [Official Full Album Stream]

Justin Stanger

by Justin Stanger

Published April 21, 2014

Wye Oak are getting ready to release their fourth full length album, Shriek, on April 29th through Merge Records, and now you can stream the entire album on Spotify.

Though a shriek is loud and piercing, the album is actually very relaxing. The opening "Before" begins with a single note played in two alternating octaves on a synthesizer to a rhythm that doesn't reveal itself until the laid-back drums kick in. The soothing mood is set as soon as Jenn Wasner gently sings over the Brian Eno-esque soundscape. The second track, which shares its name with the album is even more dreamy than the last with its soaring piano. There are even birds heard chirping in the background. Things change ever so slightly on "Sick Talk," with staccato synth notes bounce around like ping pong balls over a funk bass line.

The album's first single, "The Tower," features a pounding offset piano riff, that sound similar to Ringo's White Album contribution, "Don't Pass Me By." Perhaps the album's stand out is "Despicable Animal," which sounds almost like a cover of Tear's for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" until Wasner begins singing with distorted vocals. Listen to the entire album above.

You can preorder the album on iTunes.


Wye Oak
Electronic-Rock Indie Pop Indie-Rock New Wave
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