Before, during, and after the COVID pandemic, Baltimore’s Wye Oak released a series of non-album singles. Unlike their last studio record, 2018’s The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs (QRO review), these dipped back into their alt-folk earlier days, over the synths of Louder. Now those singles, and some other unreleased material, has been compiled for Every Day Like the Last: Collected Singles 2019-2023.
‘A collection of singles’ releases can often feel like a jumbled grab-bag, no connection between the songs, but Every comes off as an actual album. There is a sad wistfulness throughout the full-length, from the alt-country titular opener to the more affected closer “Repeat (If You Remind Me)”. The songs also distinctly go for the higher range, to bring the indie-sad emotion of the beautiful “Its Way With Me” and subsequent reaching “Fortune”.
While we saw a boom in ‘collection of songs’ releases during and right after the COVID lockdown, thankfully Every Day Like the Last: Collected Singles 2019-2023 does not come off as that, but rather another lovely collection of songs from a lovely band.