Baltimore duo, Wye Oak, headline The Phono del Sol Music Festival tomorrow with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Often labeled as indie folk rock after the huge success of 2011′s Civilian, new album Shriek has critics scratching their heads and searching for new ways to describe the band.
Shriek’s departure starts with the duo’s minimal use of guitar (as in pretty much none), supplemented with melodies from keyboards, drum machines and vocal harmonies. You won’t hear anything of the guitar signatures that defined their previous album’s tracks like “Holy Holy” or “Civilian,” instead the new singles like “Shriek” and “Glory” highlight looping keyboard riffs and vocals that dance across a wide range of octaves.
Before they rock Potrero, Jenn Wasner (vocals, guitar, bass and more) took the time to answer a few questions for us. There are still tickets available to see Jenn and, partner in crime, Andy Stack at the festival this weekend here. (It’s a steal at $25, trust us.) Read More