WYE OAK – ” Every Day Like the Last “

Posted: April 25, 2023 in MUSIC

Wye Oak are delighted to have some new music to share with you–“Every Day Like the Last,” the title track from our upcoming singles collection: “Every Day Like the Last” The nine songs on “Every Day Like the Last” came from a period where Wye Oak were in flux after a decade-plus of steadily releasing albums and touring. Sonically, the collection represents Wasner and Stack getting back to basics. Balancing the organic and the artificial, using electronics and programming to add new textures. 

Those of you who have been paying attention may have noticed that we’ve been experimenting with releasing music differently over these past few years. This compilation brings together the singles released since 2019, plus three new unreleased songs. We are deeply proud of the music contained here–we think it’s some of the best work we’ve ever done as a band, and are so happy to see it get the release it deserves .

This song in particular is about the sacrifices we make for love, companionship, and community. Human beings are messy, and yet—we need each other. The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives. But for all of us, and especially for those of us whose formative relationships were not so simple—alone can feel like the safest place to be. This song is about learning how to relax into imperfection, release the impulse to control, and accept the reality that life is brief and always ending, so we might as well have some company.

For more than 15 years, Wye Oak have offered comfort to their listeners in the form of warm, expressive music that has showcased their ever-growing maturity as players and people. “Every Day Like the Last” captures them at a moment when they realized the strength of the bonds they’ve forged—and even though they aren’t sure where their individual and collective journeys will take them next, these nine songs act as a signal that figuring things out along the way can result in beauty. 

Recorded and played by us, with the exception of some pedal steel from Alan Good Parker. Mixed by Adrian Olsen at Montrose Recordings. Mastered by Sarah Register. Artwork by Aaron Lowell Denton, lyric video by Spence Kelly, new photos by Graham Tolbert.

Released June 23rd on Merge Records

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