Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tree cheers for Wye Oak


BALTIMORE-based band Wye Oak, who take their name from a 460-year-old tree, haven't branched out on their new album The Knot, just consolidated.
The duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have put together another shoegazing indie record like last year's If Children, with songs that have grown to be as epic as redwoods.
With flecks of American folk roots music over rousing yet restrained rock, the album is stunning in places - although at other times it can sound like an Arcade Fire 45 being played at 33rpm.
But in among all these slow-growing drones there's some great tracks - it's a case of giving it enough listens to see the wood for the trees.

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