An album with a sense of adventure is always inspiring, and when they take you along for the ride, it's all the better. Wye Oak go on a journey in The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs and enchant you with warm chords and serene soundscapes to make sure you see the beauty of it.
There's a distinct curiosity interweaved into the sound of The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs that in turn brings out your own adventures. Title track 'The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs' really grabs on to that adventurous feeling, the music moving all around and feeling like it's exploring every nook and cranny it passes over. The peaceful and serene nature of 'You Of All People' give you a chance to reflect really take everything in with some deep breaths, before closing track 'I Know It's Real' takes things out on a bit of a darker note. The song itself is when you reach the destination but still have a ways to go, the song pondering over an acceptance and sense of self, the chorus singing searchingly: "Silencing something artificial, it is my companion now / As it all goes down, hovering only at its limit / And this is all I ask of it."
There's really not a dull moment on the album - it's either bustling with life or taking moments to reflect. From the tasteful and gracefully executed intro '(Tuning)' (which is just as it describes). to the pretty orchestras of 'My Signal,' there truly isn't a bad moment on the record. Sometimes the production feels a bit off in places, but it's more about the story than it is the execution. Something small but undoubtedly enticing is the percussion early on the album, sounding like a perfect balance between world percussion and the typical sound. 'The Instrument' really exemplifies it, with dark lyrics that come charged with a forward conviction. Wye Oak really bring an original personality to their music, breathing both life and adventure into every moment.
Wye Oak go on a journey in The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs and brings you along for the fun and thoughtful ride. While the themes of the music on the album are quite dark and are searching for answers, the mood of the music picks you up and brings you along on the quest to find those very answers. And you'll enjoy it every step of the way.
Favorite Tracks: I Know It's Real, You Of All People, The Instrument
Least Favorite Track: Over and Over
Rating: 77 / 100
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