Wye Oak share dystopian new song “No Place,” the second from their ‘No Horizon’ EP featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which will be released through Merge Records on July 31st.
Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner comments on “No Place“ saying: “This song is about the separation between our consciousness and our physical bodies, and how it feels to forget that you even have a body in the first place. Of course, it gets easier and easier to use your body less and less; as we innovate more efficient ways of achieving our temporal goals, we are making them somewhat obsolete. Personally, I’m very pro-body, even as I spent the first half of my life hating and fighting against mine and all of its perceived imperfections. But it’s hard to look around and not at least imagine that we might be some of the last humans on earth to ever enjoy what having a body actually feels like, on a planet that isn’t yet completely inhospitable to us. And that seems like something worth noticing.”
Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have been making music together as Wye Oak for over a decade, yielding five critically acclaimed LPs in the process. The Baltimore-born, Durham-based pair spent 2012–2018 writing music while living in different parts of the country, but the five songs that make up ‘No Horizon’ mark the first that Stack and Wasner composed while both lived in Durham. The EP was originally composed in a tight, concentrated timeframe at the end of 2018 and early 2019, and then performed at New York’s Merkin Hall as part of Ecstatic Music Festival in collaboration with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
The EP’s opener “AEIOU,” released earlier this month, was hailed as the #1 song of the week by both Under the Radar and Stereogum, the latter of which described “AEIOU” as “a song about choosing whatever form you will take, from a band who continues to do the same.”
Pre-order the ‘No Horizon’ 12-inch EP on pink vinyl housed in a printed clear plastic sleeve in the Merge store, or wherever records are sold.