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Wye Oak announce new EP with lead cut "AEIOU"

07 July 2020, 15:52 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Wye Oak are back with details of their new EP No Horizon that features the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and have shared the lead single "AEIOU".

"AEIOU" is the duo's first new outing since February's "Walk Soft".

Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak says of "AEIOU", "This song is about the inadequacy of language. It was written around the time that those currently in power took it upon themselves to think that they could minimise the existence of certain people by removing the words that we currently use to define them - like transgender - from use. Language is bigger than the powers that try to control it, but we are so much bigger than language. We are so much more than anything that can be suggested with words."

No Horizon will be the first collection of tracks from Wye Oak since their 2018 LP The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs.

Andy Stack says of the EP, "There’s this sense of communion of making music with other people in real time and space, and that’s something that had eluded us on multiple levels. One was purely geographical, where we were living so far from each other, but also, through this style of performance that we leaned into in the last five years, we really got into this sort of electronic apparatus running different synths and drum machines and electronics. All of that was a way for us to maximise our fire power, maximise the output with a limited palette."

Wasner adds, "We’ve known for a while that we needed to learn how to let this project evolve so that it could continue to exist, because our partnership as friends and musicians and collaborators feels important. We need to find new ways to make it still feel vital and still feel new. And this is a part of that exploration."


  1. AEIOU
  2. No Place
  3. Spitting Image
  4. (cloud)
  5. Sky Witness
"AEIOU" is out now. Wye Oak's No Horizon EP will arrive via Merge on 31 July, and is available to pre-order now.
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