Wye Oak
The Knot


4.0
excellent

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
March 18th, 2011 | 15 replies | 5,573 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An indie gem as melodic and relaxing as it is climactic and abundant in passion.

Wye Oak certainly have been gaining popularity while supporting the Decemberists on their latest North American tour. The band fuses a blend of indie, noise rock and folk into an enjoyable and unique sound. The fact that the band is only a two piece adds a certain level of admiration for the songs heard on The Knot. The band uses a winning formula of softer verses and louder noisy choruses filled with distorted guitars and crashing cymbal work.

Singer Jenn Wasner sounds remarkably like Anna-Lynne Williams of Trespassers William fame and in no way is this a bad thing as her soothing vocals provide a great compliment to the mellow folkiness of The Knot. While many similarities can be drawn between The Knot and Different Stars the biggest difference is the climaxes found on The Knot. Trespassers William tends to make melodic indie-folk which never really reaches a crescendo in any of the songs. The instrumentation on The Knot is complex, diverse and different. Violins, other strings and faint hints of banjo flourish here and there on songs Í Want For Nothing'and 'Talking About Money'. For the most part though, the band sticks to acoustic and electric guitars, rolling drums and simple yet audible basslines. This all combines for a record that is as folky and melodic as it is passionate and earnest. One particularly interesting fact is that drummer Andy Stack plays the drums with his feet and right hand and keyboard bass lines with his left. That multi-tasking alone would make a show from these guys interesting to watch.

Both band members were only 21 when the record was recorded. This is worth noting because The Knot has a maturity both musically and lyrically that would probably have you guessing the band members age at least 10 years older than they were. Many of the lyrics are intelligent, cloudy metaphors dealing with love, loss and the instability of fluctuating relationships. Just deep enough to comb through without being pretentious.

An excellent album in it's own right, The Knot deserves your time and attention if you are remotely a fan of any indie/folk music at all. This is a two-piece band with talent and raw passion. This is an indie gem, melodic and relaxing as it is climactic and abundant in passion



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Apollo
March 18th 2011


10302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short write-up. After being sick for 2 days, I'm finally starting to feel a bit better. I know this will hardly get any comments...these guys aren't very popular here

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2011


23816 Comments


needs moar Knott

I just checked out Civilian and didn't like it very much. I want so desperately to like these guys because I will be seeing them live this summer but I just don't so far. I guess I'll give this album a shot.

good review

ButcheredChildren
March 18th 2011


5591 Comments


lol indie rock, pos cuz review was good but you fell into the trap of leaving a weak conclusion

Apollo
March 18th 2011


10302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys

yeah your right, think I will change that up a bit

ButcheredChildren
March 18th 2011


5591 Comments


dw too much about conclusions, think of it like and essay
just rec cap the main reasons why you gave your rating
and then finish it off with a paraphrased version of the opinion you gave in the introduction

letsgofishing
March 18th 2011


902 Comments


After listening to civilian a bunch this year, I really want to get into this. solid review.

Apollo
March 18th 2011


10302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks 'fishing!

Maniac!
March 18th 2011


26250 Comments


Major ass sucking all up in this bitch

Apollo
March 18th 2011


10302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

majorly

pizzamachine
March 19th 2011


12571 Comments


Nice review! I'll check this out some time.

Ire
March 19th 2011


41764 Comments


i read this on the front page as

wye oak - the apollo
4 stars knott-

i need to sleep


cvlts
March 19th 2011


8955 Comments


noice one. unpretentious and concise. though i gotta agree, that conclusion is touch and go. try having your last two sentences start with something else other that 'This is...'

GulliKyro
March 19th 2011


357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The quality of it is frontloaded but otherwise zero complaints.

Tyrael
March 19th 2011


20876 Comments


I could have sworn that the title was The Knott. Oh well... nice review man.

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

Apollo
March 19th 2011


10302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys!



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