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Wye Oak announce 10th anniversary reissue of Civilian with previously unreleased track "Electricity"

13 July 2021, 15:04 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Wye Oak have announced a 10th anniversary edition of their third album Civilian, and have shared the previously unreleased song "Electricity" that's lifted from the accompanying Cut All The Wires collection.

"Electricity" is the first track to be shared from Cut All The Wires: 2009–2011, a collection of previously unreleased songs and demos from the Civilian era, and follows their June outing "Its Way With Me", which recently featured on Barack Obama's 2021 summer playlist.

Andy Stack says of "Electricity" and the accompanying collection of unreleased tracks and demos, "
After playing "Electricity" in live shows for a year or so around 2009, we made a studio recording but never mixed it, and ultimately decided to shelve the song. And so, it was relegated to the dustbin of time, AKA an old hard drive which I did not unearth until 2020 when I came looking for old photos and other memorabilia from the Civilian era. On my old drive, I found a treasure trove of material which we had both forgotten ever existed - original demos, live versions of the songs, and, most exciting, a bunch of fully realised studio recordings from this era which never saw the light of day."

He adds, "On "Electricity", I was really bashing the drums in a way that I never would now, and I hear that same abandon in Jenn’s singing. The recording has much of what defined the first phase of Wye Oak: an urgent push and pull between chaos and beauty, and a hard-hitting attempt to push out as much sound as we possibly could from our duo setup. It’s not who we are anymore, but I still relate to the old feeling, and I still get goosebumps when I listen to these recordings. Everything old is new."


  1. Two Small Deaths
  2. The Alter
  3. Holy Holy
  4. Dogs Eyes
  5. Civilian
  6. Fish
  7. Plains
  8. Hot as Day
  9. We Were Wealth
  10. Doubt
  11. Replacement
  12. Civilian (Demo)
  13. No Words
  14. Electricity
  15. Half a Double Man
  16. Sinking Ship
  17. Two Small Deaths (Daytrotter Session)
  18. Holy Holy (Demo)
  19. Pardon
  20. Black Is the Color
  21. Ten Fingers
  22. I'm Proud
"Electricity" is out now. Wye Oak's Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009–2011 10th anniversary reissue will arrive 22 October via Merge, and is available to pre-order now.
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