Wye Oak find peace within chaos on new song “Its Way With Me”

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Ahead of Wye Oak’s debut online concert next week, the Durham-via-Baltimore duo are sharing a new single and music video! On “Its Way With Me,” Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack knowingly revel in the unknown, with Wasner gazing “to the warmth of a future I cannot see” as Stack’s polyrhythms propel the song to powerful heights. The song’s equally gorgeous video, a single uninterrupted shot by Spence Kelly (who created the video for last month’s “TNT”), is a must-watch featuring Wasner and a bunch of helpful hands.

Here’s Jenn Wasner on “Its Way With Me”:
This song is about surrender—about learning to feel at peace amidst the chaos of existence through letting go of all that is beyond our control. It’s about the fact that change and loss are inseparable from one another, and about trying to have faith in a more peaceful and equitable future, even when the specific details of what that might look like are beyond our imagining.

On Thursday, July 1, at 8pm ET, Wye Oak will debut their first online concert! Captured at Durham’s NorthStar Church of the Arts, the virtual session features Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack in classic Wye Oak duo formation, performing material across their impeccable discography. Get your tickets today.

Embracing experimentation in how they approach their musical storytelling, Wye Oak continue to eschew the confines of an album cycle. The end of 2019 and early 2020 saw the release of “Fortune” (which Stereogum described as “a glorious synthesis of Wye Oak’s past and present, pointing to a new way forward”), “Fear of Heights,” and “Walk Soft,” a continual flow of the amorphous creative energy the two harness, and a testament to Stack and Wasner’s ability to craft fully realized self-contained universes. In July 2020, Wye Oak released the Brooklyn Youth Chorus–assisted No Horizon EP, leading The Paris Review to exclaim, “How wonderful it is to hear these artists at the peak of their powers, now a long-lived band but more ambitious than ever. I can’t wait for what’s next.”

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