WYE OAK share new track "Lifer" & accompanying essay
New album out next Fri, April 6th on Merge. Jenn Wasner shares a piece she wrote about this new song and the desire to align one’s internal beliefs with one’s behaviour.
Today, Wye Oak are offering “Lifer,” the final preview from ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ before the album is made public in full! It's set for release on April 6th via Merge and accompanied by UK live dates in May.
Along with a lyric video to accompany this latest track, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner has shared a piece she wrote while traveling back home from the band’s victorious week at SXSW; it's a piece about the song, the desire to align one’s internal beliefs with one’s behaviour, and more. Read it in full here.
“Lifer” ponders perseverance and survival in times of profound struggle. It is, at first, contemplative yet hesitant, Wasner wrestling with her own choices. But her ecstatic guitar solo leads into a chorus that feels like triumph over doubt, or at least a reconciliation with it. For all the struggles Wye Oak confront on the album, Louder ultimately reflects a hopeful radiance, with the parting sense that human connection and our own internal resolve can outweigh even our heaviest worries.
'The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs' will be released next Friday, April 6th via Merge Records.
‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’ track list:
2. The Instrument
3. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs (YouTube)
4. Lifer (YouTube)
5. It Was Not Natural (YouTube)
7. My Signal
8. Say Hello
9. Over and Over
10. You Of All People
12. I Knot It’s Real
Wye Oak on tour:
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
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Listen to "Lifer" below: