When Cocteau Twins arrived in the Post-Punk New Wave trend back in the waning days of the ’70s, it was with an original form that, while attempted, even today, could never be fully and satisfyingly replicated. This is fine for hard-core Cocteau Twins fans who pine for the thrillingly ethereal vocals of Elizabeth Fraser, and the otherworldy guitars of Robin Guthrie, all rounded by, first Will Heggie (for Garland – 1982), then more fully by Simon Raymonde for the rest of the Cocteau Twins catalog. There are no disappointing Cocteau Twins releases. Not in my estimation, at least.
On March 16, the unique and expressive 4AD label will reissue two extraordinary CT titles on vinyl LP, both wih brand new remasters for better sonic purity. And for Cocteau Twins, that can only be appreciated and embraced.
The two CT albums being reissued on vinyl are Treasure (1984), and Head Over Heels (1983). Both albums will be repressed on 180g-weigh black vinyl. Both will supply download DD codes. As a bonus, both titles will be made available as HD Audio DD for separate purchase.
It’s been some years since Wye Oak, a duo (Andy Stack, Jenn Wasner) from Baltimore, MD, released their last album. Even then, Shriek (2014) is an engaging departure from their previous three album releases (If Children – 2007, The Knot – 2009, Civilian – 2011). Wye Oak did release an outtakes collection, Tween, in 2016, bringing together unused – and repurposed – songs from their Civilian, and Shriek periods. But we want to completely focus on fresh album releases from the band. Therefore:
On April 6, Merge Records will release the next set from Wye Oak, called The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. This new album will feature twelve new tracks. Judging from the pre-release single available for streaming and YouTube presentation, Wye Oak doesn’t stray far from their adopted Shriek sound, although there is evident change in the sound. Personally, I preferred the pre-Shriek Wye Oak, even though I appreciated their progression on Shriek. The new itle track (hear below) makes me profoundly interested for the rest of the new album!
The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs will be released on CD, DD, and for vinyl, on several editions that include standard issue black vinyl, and a limited edition split opague beige/transparent blue (sand and sky) color vinyl. 12″ x 12″ lyric sheet and download card are included with LP purchases. There are included tee bundles as well as an all-inclusive set (CD, LP, Tee).
Wye Oak is supporting their new album with a 34-date world tour.