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Wye Oak preview new EP with second single "No Place"

20 July 2020, 16:16 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Wye Oak have released new song "No Place" - the second track to be lifted from their forthcoming EP No Horizon.

"No Place" follows on from lead single "AEIOU" that landed earlier this month, and features vocals by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak says of the new release, "This song is about the separation between our consciousness and our physical bodies, and how it feels to forget that you even have a body in the first place. Of course, it gets easier and easier to use your body less and less; as we innovate more efficient ways of achieving our temporal goals, we are making them somewhat obsolete. Personally, I’m very pro-body, even as I spent the first half of my life hating and fighting against mine and all of its perceived imperfections. But it’s hard to look around and not at least imagine that we might be some of the last humans on earth to ever enjoy what having a body actually feels like, on a planet that isn’t yet completely inhospitable to us. And that seems like something worth noticing."

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."

"No Place" 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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