Baltimore duo Wye Oak are back at it again with the second song from their forthcoming studio album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, a single titled “It Was Not Natural.” A press release describes Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack’s new single as “a sophisticated tessellation of pounded piano and loping bass.” Indeed, the bass hits us over and over again, maintaining a poppy rhythm and feeling rather funky at times in comparison to the smoothness of the synthesizer playing the chorus chords. On top of that, the rewind sound effects and scattered ambient chords give the song the group’s familiar psychedelic feel.
The song’s lyrics tell the story of an unidentified character unearthing a hidden treasure while walking through the forest. “This is a story about finding an object of uncertain origin whilst walking through the woods,” says Wasner in a statement. “Or, if you’d rather: it’s about exploring the space between the things that we are socialized to believe about ourselves, and the actual truth of our nature—learning how to push the limits of the systems we’ve put in place to help ourselves make sense of chaos.”
In addition to their already-extensive tour schedule, Wye Oak will also be playing SXSW in Austin, Texas from March 12-15. You can preorder The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs on CD and limited-edition “sand & sky” (opaque beige & translucent blue) vinyl via Merge Records here. The duo’s sixth studio album is due to be released on April 6. Listen to the band’s new single “It Was Not Natural” below, followed by their 2010 live performance at Paste. Revisit Wye Oak’s previous single and upcoming tour dates right here.