I stumbled onto Wye Oak a long while back with what I believe is still their biggest album to date, Civilian. I was just starting to dabble into folk and to say that their take on the genre was eye opening, would be a massive understatement. It was a project that became an instant favorite and found constant rotation in my ever expanding playlist. Now I’ve done a terrible job of keeping up with the band since, but I’ll always look on them with the fondest of memories.
While there’s still clear remnants of what made them so special on Civilian, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is substantially much brighter and has much more of a pop to it’s sound. It all feels decidedly more accessible but in reality their compositions are as dense and layered as ever, but the new synth and rhythm additions make their sound so much more expansive. And it’s the interplay between the bright expansive backdrop and the highly introspective lyrics, sung through her still incredibly beautiful airy vocals, that make this such a fulfilling listen. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is a proper evolution of their sound – simultaneously respectful of their past and boldy forward looking to a bright future.
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“I search for patterns, sense that isn’t there
You can have everything, and still you have nothing
So I take them all apart, then I put them back
Sometimes it takes a long, long, long time”
Have you heard The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs? What’d you think about it? Do you like the evolution Wye Oak has shown over the years? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs Reaction
Wye Oak's latest feels decidedly more accessible than say "Civilian", but in reality their compositions are as dense and layered as ever, but the new synth and rhythm additions make their sound so much more expansive. And it's the interplay between the bright expansive backdrop and the highly introspective lyrics, sung through her still incredibly beautiful airy vocals, that make this such a fulfilling listen.
Over and Over
It Was Not Natural