Wye Oak (band)

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Wye Oak
Wye Oak 2014.jpg
Wye Oak in 2014
Background information
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, United States
Years active2006–present
LabelsMerge, City Slang
Associated actsEL VY, Lambchop, Dungeonesse, Flock of Dimes

Wye Oak is an American indie rock duo from Baltimore, Maryland, United States, composed of Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, backup vocals) and Jenn Wasner (vocals, guitars and bass).[1] Their sound has been described as "earnest folk-influenced indie rock with touches of noise and dream pop"[2] as well as indie folk.[3] Wasner sings lead vocals and plays electric or acoustic guitar, while Stack plays both drums and keyboards, playing the drums with his feet and right hand, and the bass line with his left hand.[4][5]


The band was formed as Monarch in mid-2006,[1] before changing their name to Wye Oak, a reference to the former state tree of their home state of Maryland. They released their first album, If Children, independently in 2007 and subsequently signed to Merge Records in 2008. The label re-released If Children that year; a second album, The Knot, followed in 2009.[6]

Their third album, Civilian, was released in March 2011 by Merge in the US and City Slang in Europe, followed by Shriek in April 2014.[7] In 2016, they released the mini-album Tween, consisting of leftover material recorded between Civilian and Shriek.[8]

On January 30, 2018, Wye Oak announced that their fifth full-length album, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, would be released on April 6.[9][10] For their The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs tour during the spring of 2018, Wye Oak added bassist William Joseph Hackney to the live line-up.[11]


Wye Oak at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, California.
Wye Oak at Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado.

Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

Music Videos[edit]

  • "It Was Not Natural" (2018)
  • "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs" (2018)
  • "Watching the Waiting" (2016)
  • "Glory" (2014)
  • "The Tower" (2014)
  • "Holy, Holy" (2011)


  1. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Wye Oak". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 April 2008.
  2. ^ Powell, Mike (25 April 2008). "If Children Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  3. ^ Hyden, Steven (8 March 2011). "Wye Oak: Civilian". A.V. Club.
  4. ^ Newby, Tim (29 June 2009). "Band of the Week: Wye Oak". Paste magazine. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  5. ^ Reilly, Matt (15 October 2009). "Untying The Knot with Wye Oak". NPR. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  6. ^ Powell, Mike (21 July 2009). "The Knot – Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  7. ^ McGovern, Kyle (30 October 2013). "Wye Oak Embrace Reinvention, Abandon Guitar on Upcoming Fourth Album". Spin.com. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  8. ^ Zaleski, Annie. "Wye Oak's Tween is an enthralling glimpse into roads not taken". Avclub.com. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Wye Oak Announce New Album The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs, Release Title Track". Spin.com. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Wye Oak – "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs"". Stereogum.com. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Album of the Day: Wye Oak, "The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs"". Daily.bandcamp.com. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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