FLOCK OF DIMES – ” Head Of Roses “

Posted: February 8, 2021 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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May be art

Jenn Wasner launched Flock of Dimes, a solo project formed in 2011 to explore the more atmospheric side of pop. Flock of Dimes allows Wasner to experience more experimental recording techniques and song writing outside of the burgeoning success of her main musical outlet Wye Oak.

On her second full-length record, “Head of Roses”, Jenn Wasner follows a winding thread of intuition into the unknown and into healing, led by gut feelings and the near-spiritual experience of visceral songwriting. The result is a combination of Wasner’s ability to embrace new levels of vulnerability, honesty and openness, with the self-assuredness that comes with a decade-plus career as a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and prolific collaborator.

On the surface, the record is about heartbreak–but it is just as much about the many joys of connection. It’s about the search for intimacy, in all its wonder and complexity. And it’s about learning to accept the reality that hurting others, and being hurt in turn, is an inescapable part of being human. Making it has been, for me, part of a larger process of learning how to care for and forgive myself, with the hope that I can learn how to show up more fully for those I love the most. With so many existential crises looming, so many threats to our survival, so much fear and pain and misery–it’s a strange moment to be releasing music about love. But still the small dramas of our lives play out, and there is so much beauty to be found in them–even as existence itself becomes increasingly wilder and weirder and more terrifying.

It is my tendency to want to trivialize the things I make, but I do think music plays a part in helping our species to progress, in its way. I believe that music can help us learn to heal ourselves. It is a force that is capable of circumventing the barriers we create to connection–all the ways in which we hide from ourselves and others in order to avoid pain–so that, in learning to feel deeply, we can discover the parts of ourselves that are most in need of healing. I believe if we want to change the world, we have to start by understanding ourselves. It’s a cliche because it’s true, you know? The ways in which we relate to those around us send out reverberations far beyond ourselves.

If we cannot learn to love each other, to need others and be needed in turn–we are lost. If we cannot heal ourselves, we can’t care for each other. If we cannot accept and embrace each other in all of our infinite complexity, then we might not be a species worth saving. But I think that we are–or, at least, we could be.

I will tell you much more about the record (and the amazing people who helped make it) in due time. For now, thank you for listening with an open heart.

releases April 2nd, 2021 
© 2021 Sub Pop Records

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