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This week Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, surprise released a new EP, “Like So Much Desire”, via Sub Pop. The five-song EP is her first release for the iconic Seattle label, which also announced her signing this week. The highlight is probably the title track, “Like So Much Desire.”

Wasner released her debut full-length album under her Flock of Dimes solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, in 2016 via Partisan. This is the follow-up release. Wasner wrote and produced the EP in her home in isolation and it was mixed by Ari Picker and mastered by Ryan Pickett. Drummer JT Bates recorded his parts from Minneapolis and the strings were recorded in New York by Paul Wiancko, Michi Wiancko, and Ayane Kozasa.

A couple of months ago, like many people, I was alone, lost, and feeling powerless to contribute to the world in any sort of meaningful way. Music has always been how I process existence, how I make some kind of sense out of my life. But in those moments, especially, I was reawakened to the power it has to transform a space, create a mood, to comfort, to heal. The songs I loved took on new meaning, they were a lifeline that slowly brought me back into my body.

This moment in time is not about ME. And I don’t want it to be. I’m eager to be a part of this collective awakening, a joining of forces to fight for a world that values and protects the most vulnerable and marginalized among us.

But at the same time, I know that we need the release that art provides for us, to be inspired, and comforted, and have the energy to persevere. I don’t have illusions of grandeur about this—I’m just a small piece of the puzzle, and I like it that way. But the ability to create and share the things I make with others is what gives my life a sense of purpose. And If anything I make provides any comfort to others along the way, it’s a net positive.

About the songs—they are all about the inseparable nature of desire and grief, joy and loss–two sides of the same coin. They’re linked and they always will be. Don’t let your fear of grief keep you from opening your heart to the beauty that is (still, even now!) all around us. Desire is the first step to imagining a better world.

Thank you so much for listening.
JW

Wasner will be performing a Flock of Dimes livestream concert on Tuesday, June 30th at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are available here.

Wye Oak (Wasner and Andy Stack) released a new album, The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs, back in April 2018 via Merge Records.

‘Like So Much Desire’ (Release Date: June 23rd, 2020)

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Wye Oak’s fifth album pursues a litany of modern malaises, each track diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. A gripping and powerful set of songs built with melodies, movement, and emotions that transcend even the best of their back catalogue.

Indie sophisticates Wye Oak return with the album “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs”, the duo’s most vibrant and aurally dazzling record to date. The tonal change that began on 2014’s Shriek carries through to their fifth effort, whose dramatic polyrhythms and ever-shifting synth and guitar grooves resemble the interlocking gears of some fantastic timepiece. Since their 2006 debut, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have taken an increasingly less-straightforward path to achieve their musical means, working well beyond the minimalism of their guitar-and-drums personnel to create intricate but accessible modern pop music. Wasner’s excellent 2016 solo project, Flock of Dimes, is certainly a major influence on the current direction of  Wye Oak, placing a greater emphasis on bright, electronic-threaded production and arrangements that are somehow both sweeping and finely detailed. a more prominent multi-instrumentalism which is as heavy on guitar as on synths, loops, and other electronic elements from both players. Songs like “The Instrument,” “Symmetry,” and the dynamic title cut hurl along with an intrinsic energy, exploring the relationships of self, others, and sounds themselves. While honoring their guitar and drums roots, Wye Oak fill out their canvas with a variety of colors from the pensive underlying loops of the dreamy “You of All People” to the deeply atmospheric centerpiece, “My Signal,” which places Wasner’s gorgeous vocals over an elegant arrangement of strings and experimental pinging tones. When working together, their push and pull remains an attractive part of their appeal and never more so than on this exciting outing.

From the album The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, out April 6, 2018 on Merge Records

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 songwriting outside of the burgeoning success of her main musical outlet Wye Oak.

Jenn Wasner launched Flock of Dimes, as a solo project which formed in 2011 to explore the more atmospheric side of pop. Flock of Dimes allows Wasner to experience more experimental recording techniques and songwriting outside of the burgeoning success of her main musical outlet Wye Oak.  I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but it’s a terrific album and I’m glad I caught it before year’s end. It’s able to balance being incredibly catchy without compromising musical depth.

Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak)’s debut record as Flock of Dimes, ‘If You See Me, Say Yes,’ is three years in the making — from the initial recording in Baltimore (with Mickey and Chris Freeland), to the process of refining and tweaking (alone and with friends in Durham, Brooklyn, and beyond), to the mixing in Dallas (with John Congleton). It’s the first record where Wasner has done the bulk of the work — writing, playing, producing— by herself.

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