Wye Oak – Shriek


We’re willing to admit when we’ve made a mistake, and in this instance it was not covering Wye Oak‘s 2014 album Shriek last year. We’re remedying this now, however, because the ethereal, dreampop soundscapes of the Baltimore duo—composed of multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack and vocalist Jenn Wasner—fall right within our wheelhouse. In an effort to transform themselves on their fourth studio album, Wye Oak shed their guitars for a more synthesized sound and the result is nothing short of stupendous. Wasner’s angelic alto has a calming effect that reaches its full potential on palpable songs like “Shriek” and “Before,” the opening tracks of the LP. Stream these efforts from the immensely talented duo below. Wye Oak has also announced a special upcoming performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in November.

Destroyer – Dream Lover


Following their EP Five Spanish Songs released in 2013, Destroyer makes a solid return with the first single off their forthcoming album Poison Season. “Dream Lover” retains the band’s characteristic identity, employing horns and delayed saxophones in support of Dan Bejar’s vocals — all sustained by a steady and melodic beat. Consistent with his previous works, the song denotes the jubilant refrain of an optimist whose heart is cloaked in cynicism. The new long-play will be unveiled August 28 via Merge Records, and DC area folk will have the opportunity to see Destroyer live at 9:30 Club October 5.