A few days ago, without warning, indie duo Wye Oak dropped a new album, Tween. It was a pleasant shock for anyone following the band, either from their beginning many years ago or from the critically acclaimed –and brilliant– Shriek from 2014. Featuring more guitars and a killer lead single, Tween had people asking what this meant for the band, and whether or not the 8 songs were a “proper album” or no.
On the way from their hometown of Baltimore to New York, their first pit stop before starting their East Coast tour in Connecticut, we caught up with Wye Oak’s frontwoman Jenn Wasner. In between tunnels and tolls, Wasner let us in on the background behind Tween, our mutual adoration for Kate Bush, and the importance of honesty and authenticity in art that takes chances.