Baltimore’s native duo Wye Oak’s fifth album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs helps take their position in indie rock and turn it on it’s head to represent something much greater than another indie band. Where they operate isn’t in the realms of traditional sound and it is wholly evident on their latest offering.
The biggest indicator of their relative change in sound is typified by the ranging and sweeping sounds that Lifer and the synthy tones of Symmetry and It Was Not Natural that allows Jenn Wasner’s vocals to shine and lyrics to be contemplated.
The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is a rarity in that it presents a clear change in musical direction for an already successful band that manages to totally pull it off. Too often do we see bands try to change course with their sound with their new efforts falling flat – not the case for Wye Oak. Wye Oak’s ability to reinvent their sound and progress and evolve shows a maturity and nous that is a breath of fresh air for the genre.
Do yourself a favour and get your ears around this album.
Written by Daniel Jubb
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