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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.   Better (For Esther)
  8.   Mother
  9.   Please Concrete
  10.   Strangers
  11.   My Neighbor
  12.   My Creator
  13.   Shriek
  14.   The Alter
  15.   Archaic Smile
  16.   Watching the Waiting
  17.   Plains
  18.   Family Glue
  19.   That I Do
  20.   Before
  21.   Out of Nowhere
  22.   Milk and Honey
  23.   Trigger Finger
  24.   No Dreaming
  25.   Glory
  26.   Doubt
  27.   If Children Were Wishes
  28.   Despicable Animal
  29.   Sick Talk
  30.   The Tower
  31.   We Were Wealth
  32.   Dogs Eyes
  33.   Take It In
  34.   Sight, Flight
  35.   Siamese
  36.   Too Right
  37.   Schools of Eyes
  38.   I Don't Feel Young
  39.   I Want for Nothing
  40.   Obituary
  41.   Tattoo
  42.   Mary is Mary
  43.   If You Should See
  44.   Warning
  45.   Orchard Fair
  46.   On Luxury
  47.   Keeping Company
  48.   Hot as Day
  49.   I Know the Law
  50.   Paradise
  51.   Talking About Money
  52.   Logic of Color
  53.   Regret
  54.   A Lawn to Mow
  55.   I Hope You Die
  56.   Emmylou

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