Head of Roses, the second album from Flock of Dimes, is a mix of sonic styles and influences set against the exploration of a relationship’s end.
Jenn Wasner, the musical mind behind Flock of Dimes, is best known for her work in the long-running indie band Wye Oak. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer crafted her latest solo project in a few short months last year during quarantine in North Carolina, this time readjusting her DIY ethic to welcome the contributions of co-producer Nick Sanborn (of the band Sylvan Esso, with whom she’s toured) and a small group of collaborators.
From the stark vocals on the opening track “2 Heads” to the layering of rough-edged guitar lines during “Price of Blue,” the sonic settings beg for full attention. And Wasner sounds at ease depicting the depth and complexity of the different phases of a heartbreak during songs like “Two” or “One More Hour.”