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The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runsthe triumphant fifth album by Wye Oakbegins with an explosion. For a few seconds, piano, drums, and a playful keyboard loop gather momentum; then, all at once, they burst, enormous bass flooding the elastic beat. Suffering, I remember suffering, sings Jenn Wasner, her voice stretched coolly across the tizzy. Feeling heat and then the lack of it/But not so much what the difference is. The moment declares the second coming of Wye Oak, a band that spent more than a decade preparing to write this recordits most gripping and powerful set of songs to date, built with melodies, movement, and emotions that transcend even the best of their catalogue.Louder is the third record that Wasner and Andy Stack, who launched Wye Oak in Baltimore, have made while living in separate citiesshe in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas. They flew to one another 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 using just guitar or keyboard to write a record, instead funneling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements. The result is the biggest, broadest, boldest music theyve ever made. 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 feels like a real pop anthem, a spell to be shouted against the ills of our world.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 songs subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. The rapturous Lifer, for instance, ponders perseverance and survival in times of profound struggle. It is, at first, hesitant and ponderous, Wasner wrestling with her
  • Start:May 09, 2018 Time: 8:00 PM
  • End:May 09, 2018 Time: 11:59 PM
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  • Where:Grey Eagle Tavern, 185 Clingman Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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  • Event Type: Concerts & Music
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