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Wye Oak release new track "Spitting Image"

28 July 2020, 16:57 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Wye Oak are back with "Spitting Image", the third single to be lifted from their upcoming No Horizon EP.

"Spitting Image" arrives after last week's "No Place" and lead track "AEIOU".

The new song, along with the entire EP, features vocal contributions from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Jenn Wasner says of their new release, ""Spitting Image" is about trying to manage the sheer volume of information we are expected to absorb to exist. As naturally curious creatures, the idea of seeing everything at once initially sounds intriguing, but of course we quickly reach the limits of what we can consume, and are forced to contend with how little we can actually control. The song was an attempt to emulate the feeling of emotional and psychological overload as the waves of excess exceed the limit of our capacity to absorb them."

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."

"Spitting Image" 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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