TBTV - Wye Oak Edition

With a new video out and the announcement of a May show at the 9:30 Club today, the decision for a Throwback Thursday Video artist was made for me. Their sound, as inscrutable as their lyrics, veers from dreamy to drone-y, from the hazy pop of fellow Charm City'ers Beach House to grungy guitar-driven post-modernism of The Pixies and Built to Spill. "Holy Holy", from their 2011 album Civilian, is a feedback-drenched dirge set against the unlikely backdrop of an amusement park.

The title track from Civilian is likely familiar to fans of The Walking Dead, featured in a trailer and an episode of the series' second season. It's a deeply personal, sometimes painful reflection on modern life and love, on the introvert's dilemma in the Truman show era of social media, on superficiality over substance in a soundbite world. Its driving, Western-tinged melody lends the song an elegiac air.

Without further ado,  here's the new video for The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, the title cut from their forthcoming album. Like the cuts from the band's 2016 release Tween, this song is more lush and synth-heavy than their earlier hits. Their evolution reflects the space, personal and professional, that leaving Baltimore and pursuing other projects has afforded them.