Wye Oak talked change last year when discussing their follow up to 2011's Civilian. And, judging from the first single off their new record, Shriek (out April 29 on Merge), they've walked the walk as well. Civilian remains an underrated album whose moody textures make melancholy beautiful over and over again, but Shriek seems anything but. "The Tower" is downright, dare I say it?, jaunty. There's nary a guitar lick to be found and the synths are powerful including an impressive break about a minute and a half with a surprising kick leading up to a surge which breaks back into the original riff. We're always harping about bands taking risks. This is a gorgeous one which breaks a bands mold and promises intriguing music come April.