Wye Oak Looks Inward On 'My Neighbor/My Creator' The Baltimore-based duo Wye Oak crafted a thunderous E.P. called My Neighbor/My Creator in the midst of last winter's onslaught of blizzards.
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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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: Music Moments introduces you to musicians you might not have heard before. This morning, a duo from Baltimore, Maryland.

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: 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.

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WYE OAK: (Singing) (unintelligible)

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

ANDY STACK: 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.

JENN WASNER: Acoustic folk duo.

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

WASNER: Are you ready for this?

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WASNER: Apparently not.

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

WASNER: A huge, loud guitar amp and drums.

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OAK: (Singing) (unintelligible)

: 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.

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

WASNER: Oh, yes. That's true.

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.

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

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...

STACK: Yeah. Jenn...

WASNER: Jenn what?

STACK: I think you...

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

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OAK: (Singing) (unintelligible)

: 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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