Earlier this summer, Wye Oak (Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner) announced Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009–2011. The 10-year anniversary double LP reissue, to be released October 22nd on Merge Records, looks back into the band’s pivotal release Civilian and also includes a lost album of unreleased tracks and demos from the era of its creation. Wye Oak have shared “Holy Holy (Demo),” the studio version.
The band also recently released “Electricity,” a never-before-heard song that was completed during the recording of Civilian and unearthed for the forthcoming release. The Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009–2011 deluxe double-LP is pressed on green swirl vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket that features each album’s cover when flipped. Pre-order your copy today.
Wye Oak has always existed, and likely always will, at an intersection, as a paradox. Gentle and jagged, fierce and vulnerable—even the clinical sheen of the word “civilian” feels at odds with a record whose content is almost violently human. As Wasner wrote in a short note that accompanied promotional mailings of the record to press in 2011: “These are songs about aloneness (the positive kind), loneliness (the horrible kind), moving on, and letting go (of people, places, and things).”
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