Kate Bush rules.
Watch: Wye Oak - "Running Up That Hill" Baltimore duo Wye Oak just released their fourth album, the subdued Shriek, which dropped all the guitar and swapped it for bass, accompanied by the usual (but toned down) drums and keys. Now, the duo have done a live cover for The AV Club of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill". It's been covered many times, but the pair make it a slow and slinky little jam, with just enough sensuality to sell it. Front woman Jenn Wasner bursts into a short, distorted bass bridge and sings it with that little twinge of soulfulness she's always had lingering in the back of her throat, while Andy Stack keeps pace and lays out the chilly synths nicely. It may not quite reach the heights of Bush's seminal single, but it works well as a companion to their recent shift in sound.
Shriek is out now via Merge.
Tomorrow, Kate Bush will be releasing the album 50 Words For Snow. Of course, she already had an album release earlier this year, but this album will be the first LP of completely new studio material since 2005's Aerial.
"Wild Man" is the first track to drop from the album, and I'm loving the wintery feel of this song. Yeah, maybe I get that because of the vibe implied by the title of this album, but I really feel like playing this song is making the room I'm in colder. I think I can see my own breath.
But honestly, the icy grooves on this track are pretty pleasant. Kate's voice guides the track through some quiet verses, and the chorus explodes with the beauty of a 60s psych pop tune. Can't wait to review the LP tonight.
Scope the cover art for this release below: