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Wye Oak Looks Inward On 'My Neighbor/My Creator'

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Wye Oak Looks Inward On 'My Neighbor/My Creator'

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And now one of our occasional guides to music: Music Moments introduces you to musicians you might not have heard before. This morning, a duo from Baltimore, Maryland.

(Soundbite of music)

MONTAGNE: Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner met in high school when Jenn joined Andy's band. Ten years later, they play together as of Wye Oak.

(Soundbite of music)

WYE OAK: (Folk-Rock Duo): (Singing) (unintelligible)

MONTAGNE: For a duo, Wye Oak is known for a big sound. During live shows, Andy Stack plays drums and keyboards at the same time, creating the bass, organ and other instruments in a feat of rock and roll multi-tasking.

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner toured together for years, though not everyone always got their sound.

Mr. ANDY STACK (Vocalist, Drummer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Wye Oak): We would get to a, like, a coffee shop venue or something, and we would be billed as an indie folk duo - no, no, an acoustic folk duo.

Ms. JENN WASNER (Vocalist, Guitarist), Wye Oak): Acoustic folk duo.

Mr. STACK: Which is great, except that I had like a...

Ms. WASNER: Are you ready for this?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. WASNER: Apparently not.

Mr. STACK: ...giant bass amp and, you know...

Ms. WASNER: A huge, loud guitar amp and drums.

(Soundbite of music)

WYE OAK: (Singing) (unintelligible)

MONTAGNE: These days, Wye Oak has found its place in the music scene. They have a new CD called "My Neighbor/My Creator." It was conceived during the winter's endless snowstorms in Baltimore.

Mr. STACK: If I remember right, we had three blizzards this year.

Ms. WASNER: Oh, yes. That's true.

Mr. STACK: Some of the EP was written during one blizzard, and then we recorded, and then another blizzard came, and it kept us from finishing the EP.

MONTAGNE: Jenn Wasner used that snow-bound time - when she was trapped inside, feeling stir crazy - to turn inward and further craft the album.

Ms. WASNER: It wasn't a fun time, but it's certainly not a time that I regret, and it's a time that I think has paid off in so many...

Mr. STACK: Yeah. Jenn...

Ms. WASNER: Jenn what?

Mr. STACK: I think you...

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. STACK: ...you receded into yourself. I went sledding.

(Soundbite of music)

WYE OAK: (Singing) (unintelligible)

MONTAGNE: That's Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. You can hear more of their music and watch a video of an acoustic performance in our offices at nprmusic.org.

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