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Wye Oak

Wye Oak, a Baltimore-based indie rock duo comprising Jenn Wasner (guitar, vocals) and Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, vocals), took their name from a symbolic 460-year-old tree in their home state of Maryland. Formed in 2006 under the moniker Monarch, Wasner and Stack recorded their first album in varied spots, bouncing around various basements and apartments, eventually landing a record deal with indie heavyweight Merge. The label would go on to release the act's 2008 debut, If Children, as well as the 2009 follow-up Knot and 2010 EP My Neighbor/My Creator. By the time of their 2011 self-produced album, Civilian, which was also released by Merge, Wasner and Stack had refined their sound to a fine point and had gained a devoted following. After the record's release, the duo embarked on a lengthy tour that left them completely spent and in need of a break. Once finished with their obligations, Stack relocated to Texas and Wasner launched two new projects, the more experimental Flock of Dimes and the electronic R&B duo Dungeonesse with songwriter/producer Jon Ehrens. When the time came to get back to Wye Oak, Wasner switched from guitar to bass, feeling that they had exhausted their previous guitar-based approach. Relying more on synths and drum machines and adding in some R&B influences in place of folk, their fourth album, Shriek, was recorded at the Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes and released by Merge in April of 2014. After the album's release, Wasner stayed busy providing guest vocals on albums by Mac McCaughan, Soft Pink Truth and Shearwater, while also readying the first Flock of Dimes album, which was issued by Partisan Records in late 2016. A few months before that the band and Merge dug into the archives and uncovered some songs that were written and recorded between the time of Civilian and Shriek. Titled Tween, the eight-song collection showed some behind-the-scenes footage of the band's creative shift that occurred during that time span. ~ James Christopher Monger
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  1.   Song
  2.   Holy Holy
  3.   Civilian
  4.   Two Small Deaths
  5.   Fish
  6.   For Prayer
  7.   Please Concrete
  8.   Mother
  9.   Strangers
  10.   I Don't Feel Young
  11.   Better (For Esther)
  12.   I Know the Law
  13.   Dogs Eyes
  14.   That I Do
  15.   Sight, Flight
  16.   I Want for Nothing
  17.   If Children Were Wishes
  18.   Glory
  19.   The Tower
  20.   Shriek
  21.   The Alter
  22.   I Hope You Die
  23.   My Creator
  24.   Regret
  25.   No Dreaming
  26.   We Were Wealth
  27.   Sick Talk
  28.   Siamese
  29.   Too Right
  30.   Despicable Animal
  31.   Tattoo
  32.   Take It In
  33.   Orchard Fair
  34.   Watching the Waiting
  35.   Keeping Company
  36.   Plains
  37.   Schools of Eyes
  38.   Out of Nowhere
  39.   Hot as Day
  40.   Warning
  41.   Emmylou
  42.   A Lawn to Mow
  43.   Paradise
  44.   Mary is Mary
  45.   Trigger Finger
  46.   Logic of Color
  47.   Doubt
  48.   Before
  49.   On Luxury
  50.   Family Glue
  51.   If You Should See
  52.   My Neighbor
  53.   Talking About Money
  54.   Archaic Smile
  55.   Obituary
  56.   Milk and Honey

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