10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Knot is the second release by Wye Oak, the duo of Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, vocals) and Jenn Wasner (guitars, vocals). It’s a carefully crafted and beautifully recorded album featuring inventive arrangements supported by lush and gauzy production. With the exception of the driving “Tattoo” the tempos range from slow (“For Prayer,” “I Want for Nothing,” “That I Do”) to slower (“Milk and Honey,” “Mary Is Mary,” “Sight, Flight”), yet the fluid dynamics and dramatic performances keep the songs moving forward. Tension built on organ fills, violin drones, or ringing pedal steel notes is released by noisy bursts of feedback, distorted guitars, drums, and vague electronic touches to create an ethereal atmosphere. This overall sonic richness especially suits the clear, honey-coated croon of Wasner, who does most of the singing here. Her lovely phrasing and sweetly understated delivery contributes much to the album’s warmth. The Knot is a gorgeous release from a young band to watch.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Knot is the second release by Wye Oak, the duo of Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, vocals) and Jenn Wasner (guitars, vocals). It’s a carefully crafted and beautifully recorded album featuring inventive arrangements supported by lush and gauzy production. With the exception of the driving “Tattoo” the tempos range from slow (“For Prayer,” “I Want for Nothing,” “That I Do”) to slower (“Milk and Honey,” “Mary Is Mary,” “Sight, Flight”), yet the fluid dynamics and dramatic performances keep the songs moving forward. Tension built on organ fills, violin drones, or ringing pedal steel notes is released by noisy bursts of feedback, distorted guitars, drums, and vague electronic touches to create an ethereal atmosphere. This overall sonic richness especially suits the clear, honey-coated croon of Wasner, who does most of the singing here. Her lovely phrasing and sweetly understated delivery contributes much to the album’s warmth. The Knot is a gorgeous release from a young band to watch.

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