Those searching for inspirational pop-rock need search no further than the latest from American indie rockers Wye Oak.

The dozen tracks on “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs” present a winning bundle of dreamscape-infused indie-rock offerings that both soothe and excite.

While duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have been making music for ten years, it’s their newest release that’s been garnering the heretofore Baltimore-based Indie rockers exceptional praise.

Sure to be on many “Best-of-Year” lists, the album triumphs partly via Stack’s intriguing keyboards and electronics, and Wasner’s delightful smokey-smooth vocals.

At PRP, we’re especially bowled over by the stellar “It Was Not Natural” and the new album’s title track – both have been added to the station’s playlist.

Melancholic “Lifer” is yet another standout…and the exceptional guitar jam in the middle? Superb.

Have a listen:


The band takes its name from an exceptionally long-lived 460 year-old white oak in Maryland. Named a National Champion Tree in 1940, the tree met its demise in a 2002 thunderstorm. A clone of the tree was planted in the trunk’s remains, while some of the tree’s wood went to create a desk for the Maryland governor’s office.

More about Wye Oak

Wye Oak are: Jenn Wasner, vocals, guitar, bass and keyboards, and Andy Stack, drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.

In years past, they’ve showcased their tasteful guitar jams and cool sound effects touring  with The National and The Decemberists. They’ve also performed on Jimmy Fallon and at Coachella.

Here’s the title track from the new album:

Earlier this year they performed the new album live in its entirety at Austin’s SXSW music fest. Must’ve been ace.

You can find Wye Oak’s music on iTunes and on their website, where you can also find upcoming tour dates.

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