Stream: Wye Oak’s surprise album Tween

The follow-up to 2014's Shriek will see a physical release in August


Surprise albums are all the rage lately and Wye Oak are getting in on the fun. Today, out of nowhere, the CoSigned duo has shared a new full-length titled Tween through Merge Records. Spotify users can stream it in full below; it will be available on CD and vinyl beginning August 5th.

Tween serves as the group’s fifth LP overall following Shriek in 2014. It also comes after a handful of one-off releases, including a remix of Sylvan Esso’s “Play It right” and a cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”. According to a press release, Tween’s songs were “born, raised, and almost abandoned for various reasons during the years between 2011’s breakthrough Civilian” and Shriek.

Among its eights tracks is “Trigger Finger”, a single put out via Joyful Recordings’ exclusive 2015 Flexi Disc Series, and the lovely “Watching the Waiting”, whose video can be seen above.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Wye Oak talked about the track and its mirror-themed visual, which was directed by Michael Patrick O’Leary and Ashley North Compton:

“Often we struggle when presented with our own images: hearing our recorded voices played back to us, or seeing a warped version of ourselves in a photo. For these reasons, appearing in our music videos has always been a challenge for me. My own self-consciousness about how I am being seen by others (and by myself, from outside of my body) manifests as a feedback loop of questions in my head—do I look too detached? not detached enough? will I seem confident? but not too confident? In short, no matter how much I try to part ways with the overstuffed ego that I know is responsible for these fears—I am human, and I care too much about how I appear to others.

In spite of this, it felt important for us to appear as a part of this collection of images, because this song, Watching the Waiting, is probably one of the most image-conscious songs I’ve ever made. At the center of it is a long-standing struggle to see myself as I really am—not just physically, but also emotionally and psychologically. I’ve always been pretty good at reading people’s expectations of me, which is an easy route to being well-liked. But, somewhere along that path, I was lost to myself. This song is about learning how to understand and accept who I truly am, and present myself more honestly to the world, without any illusions or pretense. The truth is in the mirror, but it is also much, much deeper.”

Pre-order the physical version of Tween here.

Tween Artwork:

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Tween Tracklist:
01. Out of Nowhere
02. If You Should See
03. No Dreaming
04. Too Right
05. Better (For Esther)
06. On Luxury
07. Trigger Finger
08. Watching the Waiting

In support of the record, the two-piece will be on the road for most of the summer, including a stop at Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival.

Wye Oak 2016 Tour Dates:
06/16 – Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
06/18 – Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge
06/19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
06/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
06/22 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
06/23 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
06/25 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
06/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
07/07 – Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits
07/08 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
07/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
07/10 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic Venue
07/11 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
07/12 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
07/13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
07/15 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
07/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
07/17 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
07/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
07/29 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis
07/30 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
07/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
08/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
08/04 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
08/05 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
08/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
08/07 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
08/09 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
08/11 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
09/08 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival