Since the dreamy electro-rock duo Wye Oak (Baltimore’s loss, Durham’s gain) released its sublime album The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs last year, it seems like its members have been doing everything but Wye Oak, whether it’s Jenn Wasner touring in Bon Iver’s light show, Andy Stack making his solo debut as Joyero, or both of them contributing to the visionary pop-classical hybrid of William Brittelle’s Spiritual America.
But in fact, now that they’re living in the same city for the first time in years, Wasner and Stack had the chance to get in the studio together over the summer. The first fruits are appearing today with “Fortune,” a new single that premiered live at the MRG30 festival in July. A beautifully processed electric guitar creeps like a crystal spider through the kind of cool, majestic, loping groove the duo has made its own:
Wye Oak also announced an ambitious, guest-laden tour called JOIN—perhaps not to be outdone by their friends in Sylvan Esso, who are undertaking an ambitious, guest-laden tour called WITH, which of course is already sold out at DPAC. (We’re looking forward to Hiss Golden Messenger’s PALS tour or whatever.)
The JOIN tour will feature an expanded live band that branches out beyond Wye Oak to integrate songs from Joyero, Wasner’s Flock of Dimes project, and points outlying. The tour begins with North Carolina dates in Asheville on February 27 and in Durham on February 28; tickets go on sale Friday, November 15, at 10:00 a.m. local time. The full tour dates are below.
Feb 27 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Feb 28 Durham, NC – Baldwin Auditorium
Feb 29 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 01 Baltimore, MD – 2640 Space
Mar 03 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Mar 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mar 05 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Mar 20 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Mar 21 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Mar 23 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Mar 24 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Mar 25 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery