Monday, June 09, 2008

Paper Magazine loves Wye Oak!

photo by Dan Monick for Paper Magazine

Paper Magazine invited Wye Oak to NYC for a photo shoot celebrating their favorite duos, and also ran a feature about the Baltimore music scene on their website.

Wye Oak

"The number-one reaction to all attention that Baltimore has been getting is we just kind of shrug and laugh," Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak says. "Like, ‘Well, I guess we'll just keep on doing what we're doing either way.'" Wye Oak, named after an iconic white oak tree in Maryland, is comprised of Wasner and her partner, Andy Stack. And what they're "doing," exactly, is creating sweet, full, deceptively optimistic music -- a song called "Obituary" from this year's If Children features hand-claps and a melodic la-la-la outro. Wye Oak, who will be touring throughout June with Pontiak, have the advantage of rarely sounding like a two-piece band; when you hear Wasner's guitar swelling through the bridge in opener "Please Concrete," you'd swear there were at least two or three of him.


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