Flock Of Dimes

Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Jenn Wasner has spent the better part of the past decade slaying as one half of indie powerhouse Wye Oak. Earlier this year, she released her long-in-the-works solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, under the name Flock Of Dimes.

Predictably, it TOO, slayed.

Before a recent tour stop in the nation's capital, Wasner joined us to talk about how Flock Of Dimes came about, creating versus destroying, relocation, and the power of small actions on the world around you. 

Did we mention how much Jenn Wasner slays?

Episode 221: Flock Of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes

Episode 221: Flock Of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes

The next great battle in the streaming wars may have just been started by Pandora with the announcement of their "half-price" streaming service. Is $4.99 a month the future of the music industry, or the beginning the end of it as we know it?

After a career conquering the indie airwaves as one half of Wye Oak, Jenn Wasner is breaking out on her own under the name Flock Of Dimes. 

Washington, DC's Aaron "Ab" Abernathy has spent the past few years acting as music director for hip-hop artist Black Milk and perfecting his performing chops with his band Nat Turner. Now Ab is about to break out on his own with a new LP,  Monologue, and we've got a taste of what's in store with his latest, Prince-tastic single, "I See You".

TRACKING: Flock Of Dimes - Curtain

Yesterday in Baltimore, ScapeScape, the area’s largest celebration of local music, kicked off and will be spreading its goodness over the streets of Baltimore for the next 3 days. The festival is, of course, Baltimore-centric , and these days you can’t spell Baltimore without Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. But Wye Oak’s set won’t be the only chance you’ll get to see Wasner over the weekend.

Besides rumors that she’ll be performing in a “bee thousand” GBV cover band at some point, she’ll also be taking the stage under the moniker Flock Of Dimes. What began last year as an outlet for Wasner’s seemingly endless creativity, the project has continued to grow and mature. There have been several tracks posted on Soundcloud, and Wasner has played a few shows to test out the material, but September 25th will see one of the first proper releases of her new songs as Merge Records puts out a new 7-inch of Flock of Dimes.

“Curtain” is the A-side for this release, and it’s about as far away from Wye Oak’s sound as you could get. Ethereal, eerie and synth driven, the track is new territory for Wasner, but not entirely unfamiliar as her powerful unmistakable manages to keeps it tied to the sounds we’ve grown to love.

Press Play: Flock Of Dimes - I Can't Tell You Why (scrwd)

Sounds Like: The Eagles (duh) if they had landed on "The Crow" soundtrack; subterranean R&B 
Why you should care: FOD happens to be Jen Wasner's "side" project when not dominating the world with Wye Oak. Need I say more. 

First off. Yes, it's an Eagle's cover. Secondly. Yes it was made by Jen Wasner from Wye Oak.

Everyone knows that side projects for members of a successful band can either end up being a fantastically creative outlet for an artist, sometimes even surpassing the work of their full-time band (see Jenny Lewis's Rabbit Fur Coat). Other times though, the venture ends up as sort of an embarassing "huh?" of a record (see Craig Finn's recent solo effort) that is better left untouched and unheard by anyone except that artists super-fans.