WYE OAK

CIVILIAN + CUT ALL THE WIRES: 2009-2011 (MERGE)

WYE OAK - CIVILIAN + CUT ALL THE WIRES: 2009-2011 147722
Format:
2 LP
Release:
22.10.2021
Label:
MERGE
Kat.-Nr.:
147722
Barcode:
0673855077000
2LP is green swirl vinyl in a gatefold jacket. Ten years after its release, Wye Oak's Civilian remains a raw, sinewy punch of a record _ bleak and intense and lonely and self-assured all at once.

The album unravels with the sort of selfquestioning and uncertainty that come with youth, and its specific confidence in unflinchingly probing all of those emotions, feeling them to their deepest extent even when it's tearing you apart at the seams.

When Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner released Civilian, it marked both the ascension and death of Wye Oak, or at least a version of it.

Now, a decade later, Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009-2011 delves back into that pivotal record and adds a lost album of unreleased tracks and demos to Civilian's universe.

Civilian was beloved upon release, complete with late-night TV appearances, sold-out concerts, and glowing reviews; it was the A.V.

Club's favorite album of 2011. Cut All the Wires: 2009-2011, a 12-song collection of rare and unreleased tracks and demos culled from the Wye Oak archives, is an extension of the bruised and aching Civilian.

Sonic paradoxes abound: the mellow "Sinking Ship" is preceded by the wall-of-sound grunginess that roars through "Half a Double Man." A pared-down acoustic Daytrotter live session of "Two Small Deaths" dovetails into the jangling "Holy Holy" demo.

The closing lyrics over the frenetic, screeching feedback of "Electricity" lend the anniversary release its title.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. TWO SMALL DEATHS
  • 1.2. THE ALTER
  • 1.3. HOLY HOLY
  • 1.4. DOGS EYES
  • 1.5. CIVILIAN
  • 1.6. FISH
  • 1.7. PLAINS
  • 1.8. HOT AS DAY
  • 1.9. WE WERE WEALTH
  • 1.10. DOUBT
  • 2.1. REPLACEMENT
  • 2.2. CIVILIAN (DEMO)
  • 2.3. NO WORDS
  • 2.4. ELECTRICITY
  • 2.5. HALF A DOUBLE MAN
  • 2.6. SINKING SHIP
  • 2.7. TWO SMALL DEATHS (DAYTROTTER SESSION)
  • 2.8. HOLY HOLY (DEMO)
  • 2.9. PARDON
  • 2.10. BLACK IS THE COLOR
  • 2.11. TEN FINGERS
  • 2.12. I'M PROUD