Across four albums, Baltimore duo Wye Oak established itself as a band that could create walls of sound from austere beginnings, with songs that seemed to cast a wary (and weary) eye to the world around them. Vocalist and guitarist Jenn Wasner kept her singing somewhat to the back, while playing huge distorted turns on guitar. Privately, Wasner found the attention on her guitar playing distracted from the focus she wanted to be on the songs, and while touring she began to experiment with writing for keyboards and working from the producer’s side.

Wasner’s new project, Flock of Dimes, grew from those changes, as well as a move from her hometown Baltimore, to the relative solitude of Durham, North Carolina. The music’s synth-pop textures buoy and frame more vocal-forward songs, that address separation and connection.

Flock of Dimes (Jenn Wasner, Aaron Roche, Will Hackney, and Katherine Harkin) stopped by our studio the day of their recent Portland performance to play songs from their new album, If You See Me Say Yes. Watch their performance above, and listen to the interview in the audio player below.


Update 7/9/18: Wye Oak performs Friday 7/13 at Revolution Hall, on tour for their new album, “The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs.”