Baltimore’s Wye Oak is another Baltimore band that seems poised to make its break into the indie rock consciousness. It’s no surprise that the city that birthed Beach House is the origin for Wye Oak, with crooning female vocals that remind me of Twin Sister as well. However, Wye Oak has a heavier side than both of those bands, with a shredding guitar solo at the end of “Civilian,” available after the jump. The track is also pushed along by the drum beat and timely guitar fills, all backed by a gorgeous, soaring organ.
I have to say, I’m absolutely smitten with this track. I hope it’s a sign of things to come on the band’s next release, Civilian, which is due out March 8 on Merge. If the record is anything like its title track, it’ll get a nice spot, high up on my year-end list.
Download “Civilian” via Stereogum here.
Read Kevin’s review of Wye Oak at Ottobar from about a month ago here.