If Children CD
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The debut album by WYE OAK, a young band from Baltimore, Maryland - a two-piece consisting of long-time comrades Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. The album came out in the US on Merge Records and has now been licensed to Affairs Of The Heart for Europe. 'If Children' is an exuberant and assured debut seamlessly combining elements of noise, folk, and shoegaze to create a style all their own. 'If Children' was recorded layering and tweaking to achieve a sound larger than seems possible from two people. WYE OAK believes if a song is good enough, it will stand on its own regardless of how much noise you put on top of it. Lush guitars, flawless harmonies, and evocative lyrics are amplified by the layers of noise proving the truth of this philosophy. 'If Children' has hints of shoegaze and glimmers of folk, but its resounding characteristic is a refreshingly unique sound from this young Baltimore band.
7/10 -- NME
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The album opens as expected with a nice gentle female vocal but when you're lulled into a false sense of "niceness" the song just bursts with guitar noise before reverting to type. The rest of the album is similarly diverse.
Jenn has the majority of vocal time but Andy gets a couple of look-ins and some dual vocals too. Andy's vocal on the acoustic "regret" is pleasant enough plus there's also some harmonica thrown in and other tracks include frenetic violins and plenty of feedback laced guitar. "A town to mow" is just pure country but my favourite song is the title track which starts slowly but builds gradually to a crescendo.
Although they create quite a noise at times (especially for two people) it's never really "heavy" its more a claustrophobic/echoey type feeling. But mostly it's just very sparse and atmospheric and whether you call them folk/lo-fi/americana/alt-country/shoegaze, they're just very good at what they do.
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