Whether you’re already a Wye Oak fan or a newcomer to them, this is for you. Earlier this summer, Wye Oak (Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner) announced ‘Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009–2011‘. The 10-year anniversary double LP reissue, to be released October 22nd on Merge Records, looks back into the band’s pivotal release ‘Civilian’ and also includes a lost album of unreleased tracks and demos from the era of its creation.
Today, Wye Oak shares “Holy Holy (Demo),” the studio version of which was deemed “one of Civilian’s best tracks” by the A.V. Club. “[On the] Sonic Youth snarl of ‘Holy Holy’, [Wasner] displays marvelous range and power,” said Pitchfork of the searing and guitar-heavy track. “Wasner and Stack embrace the tattered and fragmented slices of what trips us up all too often,” said Paste Magazine, “and they frame it into a lovely stretch that seems like a cracked ceiling that we might look up at during the night and curse.”
The band also recently released “Electricity,” a never-before-heard song that was completed during the recording of Civilian and unearthed for the forthcoming release. The ‘Civilian + Cut All the Wires: 2009–2011′ deluxe double-LP is pressed on green swirl vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket that features each album’s cover when flipped.