Today Wye Oak have shared a third track from their ‘No Horizon’ EP featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, which will be released this Friday, July 31st, through Merge Records.
The latest and final pre-release single is called “Spitting Image“. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner comments on the track, saying: “Spitting Image” is about trying to manage the sheer volume of information we are expected to absorb to exist. As naturally curious creatures, the idea of seeing everything at once initially sounds intriguing, but of course we quickly reach the limits of what we can consume, and are forced to contend with how little we can actually control.
The song was an attempt to emulate the feeling of emotional and psychological overload as the waves of excess exceed the limit of our capacity to absorb them.”
‘No Horizon’ is beautiful and strange: distinctly and recognizably Wye Oak, while simultaneously unlike any other of the band’s studio work. Eerie and dreamy, a complicated, unpredictable amalgamation of thoughtful lyrics, steely glints of synths and effects, lithe guitar lines, and the depth of Wasner’s voice, it all unfurls with the ease of any Wye Oak song, built out by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ presence, their tangle of crystalline voices presenting like an orchestral arrangement.
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.
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.