Everybody has been talking about Baltimore duo Wye Oak’s drastic decision to go guitar-less on their new album Shriek (due April 29 in the U.S.), a move singer Jenn Wasner told Spin was a way “to sidestep the block” that was her “weird baggage associated with the guitar.”
If you have any fears about how that’s going to impact Wye Oak’s sound, put them to rest! The lead single off Shriek, “The Tower,” shows there’s much more to the band’s genius than their iconic guitar textures.
As a bonus for the Baltimore-centric, the new song comes with a video featuring Baltimore performers Ben O’Brien (full disclosure: he’s my brother) and Cricket Arrison going on a Poppinsesque dance through locations in Station North and the Waldorf School of Baltimore.
Here you go:
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