– Announce new album “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”
– Out April 6th on Merge
– Hear the title track now!
– May live dates including London, Manchester & Liverpool
Wye Oak have announced details of their triumphant fifth album, ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ for release on April 6th via Merge Records. The release will be accompanied by extensive tour dates including a UK run in May – details below.
The title track is a coil of anxiety and exuberance, its verses and chorus sweeping into cascades of magnetic harmony. By the time the song ends, it has bloomed into an irresistible pop gem, a spell to be shouted against the ills of our world.
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 funneling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements.
The result is some of the biggest, broadest and boldest music Wye Oak has ever made. ‘The Louder…’ pursues a litany of modern malaises, each of its dozen tracks diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. It arrives at a time of immense doubt, when our personal problems are infinitely compounded by a world that seems in existential peril. But these songs answer the challenge by radiating self-reflection and resolve, wielding hooks and musical intricacy as a shield against the madness of the moment.
With today’s ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ album announcement comes a whole slew of new US Wye Oak tour dates, on top of their special orchestral collaboration at NYC’s Symphony Space next month and their appearance at Iowa City’s Mission Creek Festival on release day.
‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ will be out worldwide on April 6; pre-orders are available today on CD and “sand & sky” (opaque beige & translucent blue) Peak Vinyl in the Merge store with an optional exclusive t-shirt bundle. The album is also available to pre-order via these participating independent record shops or from these digital providers.
‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ track list:
2. The Instrument
3. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
5. It Was Not Natural
7. My Signal
8. Say Hello
9. Over and Over
10. You Of All People
12. I Knot It’s Real
‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ artwork:
Wye Oak tour dates:
Feb 16 New York, NY – Symphony Space (Shriek suite with William Brittelle & Metropolis Ensemble)
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 13 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
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