RTÉ 2xm on 2fm Podcast & Playlist: 15th July 2012

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Squarehead – I Love You

Deap Vally – Gonna Make My Own Money

Wye Oak – Spiral

Ariel Pink – Only In My Dreams

Cat Power – Ruin

John Cale – I Wanna Talk To You

The Fall – Barmy

Porcelain Raft – Put Me To Sleep

Wild Nothing – Live In Dreams

Twin Shadow – Golden Light

Toy – Motoring

The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait

Wye Oak: Spiral

Wye Oak are not a band who bother about trends. Last year when most other bands seemed preoccupied with neatly identifying themselves as dream pop, 90s revival or ‘chillwave’, this Baltimore duo released their sophomore album “Civilian” that sounded like equal parts Yo La Tengo, Low and Cat Power at her most country tinged. It was always possible their follow up could go anywhere, they are a band who managed to pull off covers of both The Kinks and Danzig, but I don’t think anyone expected this next track from them. It’s slightly Peaking Lights, a little bit Peter Gabriel and it builds into quite the stomper. It was recorded specifically for the American T.V channel Adult Swim and is available to download for free from their website.

Wye Oak: Civilian

A boy/girl duo from Baltimore, Maryland who make some of the most endearing, inviting and beautiful music of the last year. Nope, it’s not Beach House it’s their folk tinged cousins who bring a gentle touch of the hazy pop of the aforementioned success story of last year. Despite sharing a place of origin and a structure, it is not entirely fair to constantly compare the two bands –  at least not fair for Beach House. Wye Oak’s third album radiates a warmth unrivalled by many other two pieces and their sound harks back to both seminal soul records and classic country releases as much as hazy pop or shoegaze. It’s this mix that makes the album such a treasure in the current musical climate as it produces a sound that is distinctive but ebbs and flows enough to keep the listener interested.  Jenn Wasner possesses one of the most beguiling female voices that manages to shift between whimper to wail effortlessly all while never compromising melody or mood. Civilian is a thoughtful, exciting, beauty of an album  which has set the standard for the more awaited releases of the year.

Wye Oak: Fish

Wye Oak: Dogs Eyes