Baltimore-based artist Flock of Dimes
has just released "Everything is Happening Today," the second single off her upcoming debut album, If You See Me, Say Yes
. The track is a mellow indie-pop anthem with a nice mix of laid-back vibes with big-and-bold drumbeats. As the solo project of Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak
, Flock of Dimes allows Wasner to take a more synth and poppy angle to her sound rather than the guitar driven indie rock of Wye Oak, but fans of the band will likely still find plenty to love about her solo work.
There's some very cool layering of synths and reverb-y guitars going on, and the steady instrumental repetition is very reminiscent of Speaking In Tongues
-era Talking Heads. Wasner's warm vocals compliment the low-key instrumentation very well, and at times she almost has a Joni Mitchell-like quality to her voice, in that it's soft, melodic, and passionate without the need to belt out the chorus or do a million different vocal runs. Overall, "Everything Is Happening Today" is a pretty simple track, but it's a prime example of how simplicity can be a good thing. It's catchy, well-constructed song that's great for just chilling out to, and also has a nice message about feeling free to do whatever you want in life and holding out hope for the future.
Even though this is only the second song Wasner has released as Flock of Dimes, we're already big fans of what she's doing. We recently featured her other single, "Semaphore" as our Song of the Day
, and we're really looking forward to hear the rest of what Wasner's long-awaited solo project has in store. While Flock of Dimes is her debut as a solo artist, Wasner has had a pretty prolific career already: As mentioned, she is one half of Wye Oak, along with Andy Slack, who have been making solid folk-rock with a hint of noise pop for a good decade now. Back in June, the duo surprise-released their fifth album, Tween
, which features outtakes from their two previous albums, 2011's Civilian
and 2014's Shriek
. In 2013, Wasner teamed up with John Ehrens to form Dungeonesse, whose self-titled debut record takes big influences mostly from electronic indie-pop and R&B. Flock of Dimes sounds like a hybrid of Wasner's two projects, as she finds a fine balance between indie rock and electronica to create a pretty chill and memorable sound.
Look out for If You See Me, Say Yes
, out September 23.