Flock of Dimes (Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak) has released ‘Semaphore’, the first single of her debut album ‘If You See Me, Say Yes’.
The LP, due for release on 23 September, will be followed by her first ever solo London show at The Victoria in Hackney on 4 October 2016.
Tickets are available now.
A year ago Wasner left Baltimore, the city in Maryland where she grew up and started Wye Oak with Andy Stack. Her move to Durham, North Carolina, leaving family and friends in the process, imbues ‘If You See Me, Say Yes’ with the sense of diving into the new while looking back at what was left behind.
Lead single ‘Semaphore’, says Wasner, deals with the “struggle to communicate with each other, over distances literal and figurative, great and small”.
Its accompanying video, directed by Michael Patrick O’Leary and Ashley North Compton, visually represents that headspace.
“We wanted to present the tension of reaching out and not being able to touch,” say the duo. “Fleeting communication with an outside world, felt but not seen, and Jenn’s interaction with her own double, create a hallucinatory sense of limbo. It’s creates a solitary confinement, wherein no matter how partnered or joined we find ourselves, those selves, our own best and worst companions, are all we have.”
Wasner wrote, performed, and self-produced ‘If You See Me, Say Yes’, again collaborating with Mickey Freeland in Baltimore and Aaron Roche in New York City. St Vincent and John Grant collaborator John Congleton handled mixing duties.