I was privileged to see Wye Oak perform with Shearwater at The Walnut Room here in Denver last May. Artists Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, backup vocals) and Jenn Wasner (vocals, guitars) are the duo who make up Wye Oak. Wye Oak is an indie folk rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. While Jenn sings lead vocals and plays electric or acoustic guitar, Andy Stack plays both drums and keyboards; playing the drums with his feet and right hand, and the bass line with his left hand. Andy looks stupid good when he’s jammin’ more than one instrument at a time and it’s definitely something you have to see for yourself to believe it can be done well. Ugh, I could have sworn that I took photos at that show, as it’s so unlike me not to have, but unfortunately, I am unable to locate them to share. Sorry, but if/when I find them, I will most certainly post.
Wye Oak’s new album, Civilian, is really good and is on heavy rotation on my iPhone these days. Their newest music video for the song, Fish, is a collaboration between Wye Oak and artist Katherine Fahey and photographer Michael O’Leary. Katherine Fahey created paper cuts to illustrate the song and Michael O’Leary was the photography and cinematography genius to put it all together. The result is a beautiful pairing of music and art that is absolutely worth pulling out your headphones to listen and see. Paper cuts, who would have thunk it?
Check out behind the scenes photos of the video shoot right here.
The photo and video from this blog post are courtesy of Merge Records.