Wye Oak

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Black Vinyl housed in a double Gatefold jacket with printed insert and download.

Wye Oak's fifth album, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. Available on Indie Exclusive Beige and Blue Split Colored Double Gatefold LP, Double Gatefold Black LP, and CD.

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak - begins with an explosion. For a few seconds, piano, drums, and a playful keyboard loop gather momentum; then, all at once, they burst, enormous bass flooding the elastic beat. “Suffering, I remember suffering,” sings Jenn Wasner, her voice stretched coolly across the tizzy. “Feeling heat and then the lack of it, but not so much what the difference is.” The moment declares the second coming of Wye Oak, a band that spent more than a decade preparing to write this record - their most gripping and powerful set of songs to date, built with melodies, movement, and emotions that transcend even the best of their catalogue. Louder is the third record that Wasner and Andy Stack, who launched Wye Oak in Baltimore, have made while living in separate cities - she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas. They flew to one another for a week or so at a time, hunkering in home studios to sort through and combine their separate song sketches. These shorter stints together produced less second-guessing and hesitation in their process, yielding an unabashed and unapologetic Wye Oak. The result is the biggest, broadest, boldest music they’ve ever made. Louder pursues a litany of modern malaises, each track diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked.

CD - 4-panel wallet with booklet

LP - Black Vinyl housed in a double Gatefold jacket with printed insert and download.

LP+ - Limited Beige and Blue Split Vinyl housed in a double Gatefold jacket with printed insert and download.

Featured in: Label Focus - Merge Records