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limited edition with 'my neighbor / my creator' ep. city slang release wye oak's third album, 'civilian'. wye oak wrote what became 'civilian' between december of 2009 and july of 2010. the songs are, as a whole, about aloneness ('the positive kind'), loneliness ('the horrible kind'), moving on, and letting go (of people, places, and things). 'civilian' is a kind of 21st-century folk music, imbued with dense shoegaze guitars, nearly melodic rhythms, and impeccable splashes of electronic colour. without leaning on conventional structure, the songs beguile with fascinating chords and melodies, jenn's voice and riveting lyrics, mesmerizing rhythms, and an intoxicating aural landscape. just as good writing has meaning between the lines, 'civilian' has meaning between the sounds: the combinations of harmonies, timbres, and words summon vivid and ineffable associations just beyond reach. wye oak is jenn wasner and andy stack.
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