The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
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Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #179 / 719
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Based on 156 ratings
2018 Ratings: #352
April 6, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs revels in keeping you off balance; it impresses, inspires and occasionally overwhelms, but it never outstays its welcome. A fantastic statement from an endlessly evolving band shouting louder than ever.

90
Drowned in Sound

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is a symphony in freedom, and a potent testament to Wye Oak’s ambition moving forwards, the possibilities for this band are limitless.

80
The Line of Best Fit
It’s hard not to fully engulf yourself in what they’re producing at this point. Far too many bands have been faced with panic in the face of progression, and under the pressure hurry themselves into something forgettable. Not Wye Oak: they gracefully ride the crest of change, and the confidence it affords them is apparent – they execute a particular mood that evokes and generates presence.
80
AllMusic

Indie sophisticates Wye Oak return with The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, the duo's most vibrant and aurally dazzling record to date.

80
Pitchfork

Pound for pound, The Louder I Call is Wye Oak’s brightest, most straightforward effort.

80
Northern Transmissions
Though Wye Oak have been exploring their sound startlingly throughout the years, it’s never felt quite so jarring and new as on their new LP. Hitting hard with a swath of electronics and new effects, the band has a lot to say and new ways to say it.
80
musicOMH

Fifth album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs doesn’t have the dramatic sense of change of its predecessor, but it is a fascinating album that may even ultimately prove to have more to offer.

78
Paste

The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs is arguably Wye Oak’s most assured album: Wasner and Stack perform with a confidence that is almost serene, as if self-doubt weren’t even a possibility.

75
Under The Radar
Wye Oak remain a curiously underheard band. Whether their sixth album will change that is an open question. What is not up for debate is that those lucky enough to know them, are very lucky indeed.
75
The 405

There’s the wistfulness of If Children, the urgency of Civilian, and the synth emphasis of Shriek. It’s not a hodgepodge, though. Instead, it’s a culmination of just about every texture they’ve explored before, fostered through unmistakable maturity.

75
A.V. Club
This is Wye Oak drawing as much from the looping, hypnotic compositions of Terry Riley as it is Beach House and Björk, and while some of the headier experiments fail to rise above their inherent monotony, the results are usually singularly beautiful and beautifully dense.
70
Exclaim!
Frontwoman Jenn Wasner and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack skillfully synthesize their last three albums into a glossier blend of synth-laced dream pop. It's the product of a band that know their strengths and work around their limitations.
70
Slant Magazine
It all manages to hang together thanks to the fact that, after some trial and error, Wasner and Stack have hit on a sound all their own.
70
No Ripcord

The Louder I Call... is another step forward for Wye Oak, a duo who still carry plenty of vision to inject some life into a form of indie rock that you don't hear that often anymore.

70
FLOOD Magazine

The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs takes all the musicality the duo has mastered to date and builds on it, with “building” being the operative word.

JohnLouisHoward
90
takes lots of chances and the result is their best record to date. Jenn Wasner's vocals are at their best here.
liammenzies
72
Simplistic but not to its detriment, Wye Oak hit out with an album that spends most of its energy in the first few tracks and waits until the final few before regaining it. The middle slump doesn't stop this from being a delightfully solid indie pop record.
WildChameleon
65
While Jenn's vocals are better than ever, I really don't find the same appeal as the previous albums. The "synthpop" sounds are uninspired and as a result make this album more forgettable (someone in the comments related this album to Metronomy which I kinda agree).
gabbygee
65
This band really needs to hire a new artist for their album covers.
78
Solid record from 2018. Starts off wonderfully -- the stretch from the intro to the title track is excellent, and the title track is one of the best of the year. Also really enjoyed 'It was not natural'. Unfortunately the album tapers off a bit towards the end, rendering replayability fairly low, but I still had a lot of fun with this one!

Recommended for the handful of great tracks here.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#15/The Skinny
#23/Under the Radar
#45/MOJO
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Track List

  1. (Tuning)
  2. The Instrument
  3. The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
  4. Lifer
  5. It Was Not Natural
  6. Symmetry
  7. My Signal
  8. Say Hello
  9. Over and Over
  10. You of All People
  11. Join
  12. I Know It’s Real
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