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So happy to share one more song with you in advance of this Friday’s release—this one is called “One More Hour“. 

This song is about getting lost in a fantasy– of another life, of someone else, or of a different version of yourself. 

And it’s about the ways in which a combination of nostalgia and longing can make imagining the past or dreaming about the future so much more appealing than whatever present reality we happen to be inhabiting. It’s in our nature to make myths and tell stories about the events of our lives, and in doing so create a deeper meaning out of the most seemingly mundane events. 

But so often this interior projection can act as a distraction from presence—standing in the way of our ability to be awake to the fullness of our experience as it unfolds, making it difficult to see and appreciate the entire world of experience and sensation that’s right in front of our eyes. I’m paying attention now.

Flock of Dimes (aka Jenn Wasner) is sharing the official video for “One More Hour,” co-directed by Urzulka and Jenni Kaye.
 
“One More Hour’‘ is the final prerelease offering and highlight from Wasner’s second solo LP, “Head of Roses”, out this Friday, April 2nd worldwide on Sub Pop. It’s an album that showcases her ability to embrace new levels of vulnerability, honesty and openness, combined with the self-assuredness that comes with a decade-plus career as a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and prolific collaborator.
 
Shot in Austin, TX, the “One More Hour” video is an ode to internal conflict when re-evaluating a relationship. Says Wasner, “This song is about getting lost in a fantasy– of another life, of someone else, or of a different version of yourself. And it’s about the ways in which a combination of nostalgia and longing can make imagining the past or dreaming about the future so much more appealing than whatever present reality we happen to be inhabiting.   
 
“It’s in our nature to make myths and tell stories about the events of our lives, and in doing so create a deeper meaning out of the most seemingly mundane events. But so often this interior projection can act as a distraction from presence—standing in the way of our ability to be awake to the fullness of our experience as it unfolds, making it difficult to see and appreciate the entire world of experience and sensation that’s right in front of our eyes. I’m paying attention now.”

In my experience this is a lesson we have to keep learning over and over again–can I forgive myself for falling back into it? But there’s so much beauty to uncover in the process, and in meeting ourselves with compassion and grace, even—and especially!—when we lose sight of where we are.

It was a pleasure to work with Urzulka and Virgo House on this video, shot at Pace Bend park in Spicewood, TX. I’m so grateful to them and actor Lauren Nelson for the beautiful world they’ve created for this song, and for making me feel comfortable and at ease while perched precariously on these gorgeous limestone cliffs.

Thanks, as always, for listening, and I’m so excited for everyone to hear the album in its entirety in just a few more days. The album was produced by Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso) and Wasner at Betty’s in Chapel Hill, NC, engineered by Bella Blasko with additional engineering by Sanborn, mixed by Ari Picker and Blasko, and mastered by Huntley Miller. The album features appearances from guitarist Meg Duffy, Bon Iver’s Matt McCaughan, Wye Oak’s Andy Stack, and Landlady’s Adam Schatz. Head of Roses follows the release of Like So Much Desire, her acclaimed digital EP released June 2020 on Sub Pop.

Release Date: April 30th, 2021

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner releases her new album as Flock of Dimes, “Head of Roses”, on April 2nd via Sub Pop, and the latest single is “Hard Way.” “Although I didn’t fully understand when I wrote it,” Jenn says, “Hard Way’ song is an example of the power of the subconscious mind to hide truths from ourselves that we’re not yet ready to see. When I wrote this song I was still in the throes of new love, and I thought I was writing a straightforward, earnest love song. But when I tried to record it, something about the tone of it was eerie, strange, a bit darker than I would have expected. It wasn’t until long after I wrote it that I became aware of its odd foreshadowing of what was to come — that something I intended to be bright and hopeful in the moment was floating on top of a deep current of unease.”

On her second full-length record as Flock of Dimes, 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.

Simply put, Head of Roses is a record about heartbreak, but from a dualistic perspective. It’s about the experience of having one’s heart broken and breaking someone else’s heart at the same time. But beyond that, it’s about having to reconcile the experience of one’s own pain with the understanding that it’s impossible to go through life without being the source of great pain for someone else. “Part of the journey for me has been learning to take responsibility for the parts of things that are mine, even when I’m in a lot of pain through some behaviour or action of someone else. If I’m expecting to be forgiven for the things I’ve done and the choices I’ve made and the mistakes that I’ve made, it would be incredibly cowardly and hypocritical to not also do the work that’s required to forgive others the pain they caused me.”

Showcasing the depth of Wasner’s songwriting capabilities and the complexity of her vision, Head of Roses calls upon her singular ability to create a fully-formed sonic universe via genre-bending amalgamation of songs and her poetic and gut punch lyrics. It’s the soundtrack of Wasner letting go – of control, of heartbreak, and of hiding who she is: “I think I’ve finally reached a point in my career where I feel comfortable enough with myself and what I do, that I’m able to relax into a certain simplicity or straight forwardness that I wasn’t comfortable with before.” Head of Roses puts Wasner’s seismically powerful voice front and centre. Those vocals help thread it all together — it’s a textured musicality, quilted together by intentionality and intuition.

‘Hard Way’ by Flock of Dimes from the album Head of Roses (Release Date: April 2nd, 2021 on Sub Pop Records.

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Flock Of Dimes (the solo project of Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner) will release her new album “Head of Roses”, on April 2nd via Sub Pop Records. Here’s the first single. Her most recent solo project as Flock of Dimes was the EP Like So Much Desire, which also came out last year on Sub Pop. The video for her new single “Two.” The release coincides with an announcement by Wasner that her forthcoming album Head of Roses . Check out the Lola B. Pierson and Cricket Arrison-directed video for “Two,”. 

Directors Pierson and Arrison speak about the “Two” video in a press release: “The world of the video shows two humans during three consecutive days. One human lives her life from morning to night, the other from night to morning. In the middle of the day they meet and the next day begins. By exploring dichotomies (natural/artificial, day/night, everyday/majestic) the work points to the pain caused by categorization and the joy of unification.”

Wasner adds: “‘Two’ is about trying to find a kind of balance between independence and interdependence, and the multitudes within ourselves. It’s about trying to reconcile the desire to maintain a sense of personal autonomy and freedom with the need to connect deeply with others. And it’s about struggling to feel at home in a body, and learning how to accept that the projection of self that you show to others will always be incomplete. I made this video with an incredible team of generous and talented people, including some very dear old friends. I think what we made captures the spirit of the song perfectly—the sense of delight and wonder at the absurd beauty of everyday life, and the true moments of spontaneous joy that can erupt in those rare moments when you catch a glimpse of yourself the way others see you.”

Head of Roses was produced by Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso) and Wasner. which comes out on April 2nd via Sub Pop.

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Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner announces the second solo album under her alias Flock Of Dimes. A mature yet visceral songwriting experience about being on both the giving and receiving ends of heartbreak, ‘Head Of Roses’ is another demonstration of the talents of one of American indie-rock’s most consistently overlooked artists.

Flock of Dimes (aka Jenn Wasner) is sharing a new track titled “Price of Blue,” an unearthly new video filmed in black and white, co-directed by Wasner with Graham Tolbert. “Price of Blue” is a standout from Wasner’s second solo LP, “Head of Roses”, an album that showcases her ability to embrace new levels of vulnerability, honesty and openness, combined with the self-assuredness that comes with a decade-plus career as a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and prolific collaborator.
 
Of today’s release, Wasner says “This song is about trying, and failing, to connect. It’s about the ways in which, despite our best efforts, we misunderstand each other, and become so attached to stories that we’re unable to see the truth that’s right in front of us. And it’s about the invisible mark that another person can leave on your body, heart and mind long after their absence. It can be difficult to make sense of the memory of your experience when the reality on the surface is always shifting—when the story you’re telling, or the story you’ve been told, unravels, leaving you with a handful of pieces and no idea how they used to fit together.”

This song is about trying, and failing, to connect. It’s about the ways in which, despite our best efforts, we misunderstand each other, and become so attached to stories that we’re unable to see the truth that’s right in front of us. And it’s about the invisible mark that another person can leave on your body, heart and mind long after their absence. 
 
It can be difficult to make sense of the memory of your experience when the reality on the surface is always shifting—when the story you’re telling, or the story you’ve been told, unravels, leaving you with a handful of pieces and no idea how they used to fit together. There is more to a lost love than the sum of these pieces, just as a person is so much more than merely a collection of their physical parts. In both cases there is some essence, some spark of spirit that animates us, and gives us the sense that we are approaching the divine. But there is also, always, the shadow. The parts we do not see. The parts we do not acknowledge, and, as a result cannot learn to love, cannot heal. I wanted to make a video that contained all of these things—the love, the shadow, and the mark—and that’s what we tried to do here. 

Flock of Dimes’ “Head of Roses”which features “Two,” and “Price of Blue,” along with “Hard Way,” and “One More Hour,”  on April 2nd, 2021, and on LP April 30th, 2021. The album was produced by Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso) and Wasner at Betty’s in Chapel Hill, NC,

The album features appearances from guitarist Meg Duffy, Bon Iver’s Matt McCaughan, Wye Oak’s Andy Stack, and Landlady’s Adam Schatz. “Head of Roses” follows the release of Like So Much Desire, her acclaimed digital EP released June 2020  Head of Roses is now available for pre-order through Sub Pop. 

‘Price of Blue’ by Flock of Dimes from the album Head of Roses (Release Date: April 2, 2021 on Sub pop Records,

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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 
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