New Release: Wye Oak – It Was Not Natural

Wye Oak have shared a second taste of new album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, which is set for release on April 6th

During the intoxicating new single It Was Not Natural, a weary walk through the woods unearths a discarded antler, a talisman that provokes deep questions about our work lives, social codes, and romantic mores. The music – a sophisticated tessellation of pounded piano and loping bass, scattered drums and chirping synthesizer – is as complex and ponderous as these issues themselves. It Was Not Natural sees the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack navigating life’s difficulties with the nuance and power they demand…

Wasner offers the following: “This is a story about finding an object of uncertain origin whilst walking through the woods. Or, if you’d rather: it’s about exploring the space between the things that we are socialized to believe about ourselves, and the actual truth of our nature—learning how to push the limits of the systems we’ve put in place to help ourselves make sense of chaos”

For The Louder…, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack flew to one another’s cities – she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas – for a week or so at a time, hunkering in home studios to sort through and combine their separate song sketches. These shorter stints together produced less second-guessing and hesitation in their process, yielding an unabashed and unapologetic Wye Oak. They discarded past rules about how to write a record, instead funnelling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements

Wye Oak on tour…

Mar 12 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 13 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Mar 15 – Austin, TX – SXSW
Apr 06 – Iowa City, IA – Mission Creek Festival
Apr 20 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord
Apr 21 – Rotterdam, NL – Motel Mozaique Festival
Apr 22 – Luxembourg, LU – De Gudde Wellen
Apr 25 – Berlin, DE – BiNuu
Apr 26 – Prague, CZ – MeetFactory
Apr 27 – Vienna, AT – Fluc
Apr 29 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
May 01 – Brussels, BE – Les Nuits Botanique @ Rotonde
May 02 – Paris, FR – Le Pop Up
May 03 – London, UK – Village Underground
May 04 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
May 05 – Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Sound City
May 06 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
May 09 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
May 10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
May 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 13 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
May 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
May 17 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
May 18 – Milwaukee, WI – The Back Room at Colectivo
May 19 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
May 20 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
May 21 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
May 23 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
May 25 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
May 26 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Jul 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
Jul 13 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Jul 14 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Jul 15 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Jul 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Jul 18 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
Jul 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Jul 20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Jul 21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jul 23 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Jul 24 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
Jul 27 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn