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Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner announces Flock of Dimes’ debut album & signature guitar

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Over the years Jenn Wasner has released a few 7″ singles under the name Flock of Dimes while keeping her main gig playing guitar, singing and writing in Wye Oak. Now, Wasner has announced her full-length debut album as Flock of Dimes, which will be out later this year on Partisan Records. You can hear a 20-second snippet of a song below, which serves as an album teaser.

Wasner also just introduced her own signature Reverend guitar and has written an essay on her relationship with the instrument for Medium:

At first, I balked — for so many reasons, this idea was so unlike me. (Actually, my very first reaction was something like “Wow, wouldn’t that be hilarious.”) I think this is because, to me, the “signature guitar” was the realm of the soulless shredder — impressive, sure, but you’re missing the point. It represented the elevation of pure chops over invention, emotion, innovation, and truth. It was in direct opposition to everything I stood for!
It wasn’t until my partner pointed out that— perhaps this association is in part because so few women have been given the opportunity to do this sort of thing, so maybe that’s exactly why you should do it — that I realized I couldn’t say no.

The JW-1, which Jenn is holding in the pic above, lists for $1199.

Wye Oak, meanwhile, just surprise-released its fifth album, Tween, and played a show at NYC’s Warsaw last week. Brooklyn’s TEENwho opened the show, just added a show at Mercury Lounge on August 12. Tickets are on sale now.

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