Baltimore's Wye Oak are a very special band for several reasons. First, the boy-girl indie-folk duo bestow the world with regular pieces of audio joy such as this.
Second, their male half Andy Stack can play a drumkit with one arm and two feet while playing keyboard and singing with his other arm and vocal chords, adding a rich dimension to the pair's music that would be unattainable with your bog standard sticksman.
Third, they use their unusual, sometimes electronic-tinged folk / shoegaze hybrid to convey some beautiful sentiments surrounding loneliness and emotional toil. Their new LP 'Civilian' (out via City Slang) bears witness to this again and again. Here's some tasters and an older track.
Download 'Holy Holy' now
Download 'Civilian' here
Download 'I Don't Feel So Young'
Wye Oak hit the UK as part of a European support tour for Cold War Kids on March 20th (at Manchester's Academy), before visiting Glasgow and London. Full dates on their site. If you like what you hear Stereogum ran a full interview with the pair a while back.
Wye Oak on NME.COM
Elsewhere on the net:
RCRD posted MP3s from Royksopp and Crystal Fighters this week, which you can pick up on the site.