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NO HORIZON, THE NEW EP FROM WYE OAK, IS THE LATEST OFFERING AND SOUND OF A PROJECT PLUMBING THE DEPTHS OF AN “EVOLVE OR DIE” ETHOS. FOR MULTI-INSTRUMENTALISTS JENN WASNER AND ANDY STACK, THERE IS NO FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, NO PRECIOUSNESS ABOUT RIGIDITY, NO HARD DEFINITION OF WHAT WYE OAK IS. HERE, IN A TRANSITIONAL MOMENT FOR THE BAND, THEREIS NO “IF” ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY’LL EXPERIMENT WITH THE FORMAT OF THEIR MUSICAL OUTPUT–IT’S “HOW?”

WASNER AND STACK HAVE BEEN MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER AS WYE OAK FOR OVER A DECADE, YIELDING FIVE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED LPS IN THE PROCESS. THE BALTIMORE-BORN, DURHAM-BASED PAIR SPENT 2012–2019 WRITING MUSIC WHILE LIVING IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, BUT THE FIVE SONGS THAT MAKE UP NO HORIZON MARK THE FIRST THAT STACK AND WASNER COMPOSED WHILE BOTH LIVED IN DURHAM. THE EP WAS ORIGINALLY COMPOSED IN A TIGHT, CONCENTRATED TIMEFRAME AT THE END OF 2018 AND EARLY 2019, AND THEN PERFORMED AT NEW YORK’S MERKIN HALL AS PART OF ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS.

THE RESULTING EP IS BEAUTIFUL AND STRANGE: DISTINCTLY AND RECOGNIZABLY WYE OAK, WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY UNLIKE ANY OTHER OF THE BAND’S STUDIO WORK. EERIE AND DREAMY, A COMPLICATED, UNPREDICTABLE AMALGAMATION OF THOUGHTFUL LYRICS, STEELY GLINTS OF SYNTHS AND EFFECTS, LITHE GUITAR LINES, AND THE DEPTH OF WASNER’S VOICE, IT ALL UNFURLS WITH THE EASE OF ANY WYE OAK SONG, BUILT OUT BY THE BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS’ PRESENCE, THEIR TANGLE OF CRYSTALLINE VOICES PRESENTING LIKE AN ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENT.

NO HORIZONIS A NATURAL PROGRESSION FOR A BAND EMBRACING EXPERIMENTATION. LATE 2019 AND EARLY 2020 SAW WYE OAK PLAYING WITH NEW METHODS OF RELEASING MUSIC, PUTTINGSINGLES OUT IN A MORE IMMEDIATE FASHION AND CONDENSING THE WINDOW FROM CREATION TO RELEASE. WASNER AND STACK ALSO EXPANDED THEIR LIVE SET-UP FROM A DUO TO A FIVE-PIECE BAND THAT INCLUDED SOME OF THEIR MOST TRUSTED AND ADMIRED COLLABORATORS.

“THERE’S THIS SENSE OF COMMUNION OF MAKING MUSIC WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN REAL TIME AND SPACE, AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT HAD ELUDED US ON MULTIPLE LEVELS,” STACK EXPLAINS. “ONE WAS PURELY GEOGRAPHICAL, WHERE WE WERE LIVING SO FAR FROM EACH OTHER,BUT ALSO, THROUGH THIS STYLE OF PERFORMANCE THAT WE LEANED INTO IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, WE REALLY GOT INTO THIS SORT OF ELECTRONIC APPARATUS RUNNING DIFFERENT SYNTHS AND DRUM MACHINES AND ELECTRONICS. ALL OF THAT WAS A WAY FOR US TO MAXIMIZE OUR FIRE POWER, MAXIMIZE THE OUTPUT WITH A LIMITED PALETTE.”

NO HORIZON SHOWS WYE OAK CONTINUING TO PAINT WITH NEW COLORS. WHILE BUILDING OUT THE SONIC UNIVERSE AND PEOPLE THAT REVOLVE AROUND WASNER AND STACK’S SONGWRITING, THE THEMATIC THROUGHLINE OF THESE SONGS ZEROES IN ON THE ISOLATION CREATED BY TECHNOLOGY–HOW IT MAKES US FEEL SIMULTANEOUSLY TOO CONNECTED AND DISCONNECTED, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN AUDIENCE OF PEOPLE WE WOULDN’T OTHERWISE BE IN CONTACTWITH IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE ENDLESS SCROLL. THERE’S ALSO A PERSPECTIVE SHIFT AT PLAY, WITH THIS SUBJECT MATTER BEING PERFORMED BY A GENERATION OF KIDS PLUNGING DEEPER INTO THE TECHNOLOGICAL ETHER THAN THEIR ELDER COUNTERPARTS. THAT PECULIAR BRAND OF LONELINESS FEELS PALPABLE ON NO HORIZON, ESPECIALLY WITH THE JUXTAPOSITION OF WASNER’S EXPLORATION OF THAT ANXIETY AND THE WAVE OF YOUNG CHORAL VOICES THAT RISE UP TO MEET HER. THIS LONELINESS HAS APPEARED IN PRIOR WYE OAK SONGS, BUT HERE IT’S MADE ALMOST TACTILE. IT’S A STORY TOLD WITH NEW TOOLS, WYE OAK’S LATEST ENDEAVOR OF REINVENTION.

“WE’VE KNOWN FOR A WHILE THAT WE NEEDED TO LEARN HOW TO LET THIS PROJECT EVOLVE SO THAT IT COULD CONTINUE TO EXIST, BECAUSE OUR PARTNERSHIP AS FRIENDS AND MUSICIANS AND COLLABORATORS FEELS IMPORTANT,” WASNER SAYS. “WE NEED TO FIND NEW WAYS TO MAKE IT STILL FEEL VITAL AND STILL FEEL NEW. AND THIS IS A PART OF THAT EXPLORATION.”

"NO HORIZON"

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"FEAR OF HEIGHTS"

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"FORTUNE"

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"THE LOUDER I CALL, THE FASTER IT RUNS"

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"TWEEN"

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"SHRIEK"

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"CIVILIAN"

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"THE KNOT"

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"IF CHILDREN"

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FOLLOW WYE OAK



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