Baltimore, MD - Selected by Deerhoof
Every Wye Oak album tackles a different realm of indie rock, floating between foot-stomping ballads and a gleeful haze of electro pop. Despite their versatility, the band is consistent in crafting compositions that strike a delicate balance between quiet and loud, welcoming synths and jarring guitar riffs, bareboned melodic earworms and complex arrangements. It’s hard to believe that Wye Oak’s magic is the work of only two people, but Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack are both multi-instrumentalists who can multitask with ease.
Formed in 2006, Wye Oak quickly established their identity with a volatile and confident debut titled If Children (2008). The album showcased the duo’s impressive range and unpredictability with slow songs that exploded into crescendos of emotion. Mining a bottomless supply of raw energy to cultivate rock diamonds, their breakthrough album Civilian found critical success as a culmination of everything the band had aimed for. Rather than play it safe, Wye Oak bravely switched gears with 2014’s Shriek, a hypnotic testament to dream pop that embraced electronic elements without sacrificing the band’s original rock foundation.
Wye Oak’s Sled Island 2018 appearance marks the duo’s first show in Calgary. Wasner’s vocals hitting every mark while Stack effortlessly plays drums and keyboard simultaneously is absolutely mesmerizing. The pair perform like their minds are synced, implementing over a decade’s worth of technique while maintaining the passion that has made their sound work since the beginning.
That magic is evident in their new material, too. Released just in time for their Sled Island show, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs sounds like a natural evolution of Shriek. Through swirling harmonies and wistful keys, the title track sticks like a childhood memory. Good luck getting it out of your head once the band has packed up their gear.
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- 40 Watt Sun
- Ada Lea Alder & Ash Alimony The Allovers Also Also Also Ancient Pig The Avulsions
- B*les & The Suede B.A. Johnston Bad Buddy Basic Instinct Bat Fangs BB BB Mars BBQT Bebe Buckskin Billy Moon BIRDO Black Thunder Blessed Blue Odeur Blue Youth The Body Body Lens Bodywash Bog Bodies Borscht botfly Boyhood Bridal Party Building Confidence Through Play Burnt Shrines
- Calisthenics Camille Delean Carbolizer Carissa Gem Cartel Madras Cascades Caves Chained by Mind Cherry Glazerr Cherubs Chief n' Council Chieftain Chiffres Chron Goblin Chunder Buffet Chuurch Cold Water Conversations with Bears Counterfeit Jeans CRABSTYLE Crims & Flow Crom/Dam CROTCH Cryptorips Crystal Eyes Culled
- Dada Centauri Dadweed Dark Time Deerhoof Deliluh Dillon Nathaniel Dirty Projectors Discovery Zone DJ Dine & Dash DRI HIEV Ducks Unlimited Dumb
- Eamon McGrath Devastation Trio empath ÉMU Eucademix The Ex-Boyfriends Expanda Fuzz Eyeballs
- Faith Healer Family Injera Feed Dogs Feel Alright The Flaming Lips Fountain Friesen/Waters Duo From Russia with Love (ARG vs CRO) future star Fuzzy P
- The Garrys Ghost Woman Glaux Glum Gone Cosmic Goosebump Griefwalker Grouper Guerilla Toss
- HAIRNET Hales Nwad Harrison Brome Heavydive Hermitess HomeSick Hood Joplin Horse Girl Hot Garbage housepanther Hugh Man HUNDRED% (Yung Nino + DJ C-Sik)
- J Blissette Jack Sinclaire Janitor Scum JayWood jo passed Jock Tears John Maus Jonathan Kawchuk josh pan Julius Sumner Miller Jung People - Ambient Set Justin Wright
- K-Riz Kandekt Kari Faux
- Lab Coast Lambsbreath Le Plaisir Leather Jacuzzi Lido Pimienta Lié Life In Vacuum Lingua Ignota Live CJSW Sessions Lost Creatures Louis Cza Lucid 44 LYRIQUE & The Honor Roll
- Mad Ones Mademoiselle Magic & Johnson Mahogany Frog Man Meat The Mandates Mark Adam Marlaena Moore Mary Timony Plays Helium Matthew Cardinal Melted Mirror Michael Rault Miesha & The Spanks Mob Bounce Moths & Locusts Mount Eerie Mount Kimbie myst milano.
- Natural Selection DJs Necking nêhiyawak Nick Schofield No Warning NOVEMBER
- OAKK ohmwar OpenEnd Ora Cogan Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie Oseko Owen Pallett with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
- Paradise Passive Peach Kelli Pop Peach Pyramid Petra Glynt Pin-Bar Guest DJs The Plodes Polly Dactic POSTNAMERS Prissy Whip Psychic Pollution
- The Radiation Flowers Real Sickies Redress respectfulchild respectfulchild & An Ant And An Atom Russell Louder
- Samantha Savage Smith SBDC Scattered Clouds Screaming Targets Selci Shabazz Palaces Sharing Shearing Pinx The Shiverettes Sightlines Silkq Sister Ray SLATES Slow Slow Tide Slut Prophet smoke eaters Smokey & the Feeelings Snotty Nose Rez Kids soft cure Solid Freex Speed Strips Strangerfamiliar Subjectivity Sunglaciers Supermoon Swim Swim Team Symfan Synkro
- TBA TechOne Territories Text Chunk THICK Thundercat Too Attached Touching God Trash Hawks Trigger Warming Truster Tyondai Braxton
- Ufomammut Uncanny Valley
- Valiska Vanta Vase VICTIME
- Wand Wayst WHAT A TIME White Hills WHOOP-Szo WILL CLARKE Will Clarke B2B Dillon Nathaniel Wine Lips Wire Spine Wish Lash Woodhawk WORLD BRAIN Wye Oak
- Year of Glad YEP