In her new band, Wye Oak leader Jenn Wasner links up with producer John Ehrens and lends her heart-rending bazooka of a voice to the sounds of squelchy early-'90s R&B and techno-pop. If you were into Wye Oak for their masterfully comforting meat-and-potatoes, maybe it's a bit of a shock to hear Wasner showing off her command of the early-Mariah Carey production style. But she is good at this stuff, and she sounds giddy at the freedom to let her voice float over all those tingly keyboards. Maybe the greatest surprise on Dungeonesse's great and surprising self-titled debut album: the chemistry Wasner has with Baltimore rapper DDm on "Cadillac." – Tom
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A little while back, Jenn Wasner, the heavenly voice behind Wye Oak, linked up with producer Jon Ehrens to form Dungeonesse, and their self-titled album of sparkling early-’90s dance-pop and R&B pastiches was a recent Album Of The Week pick. The new video for “Nightlight,” from director Ariana Natale, is a soft-focus look at Wasner… More »
Dungeonesse’s self-titled debut full-length is out next week, but the ’90s R&B-inflected, alt-pop gem can be heard in its entirety now. We’ve had three samplings from the record already, including the light-as-air lovey-dovey “Shucks,” which I still listen to weekly. Other standouts on the record include the roller rink-primed “Private Party” and melancholy cut “Wake… More »
Dungeonesse are slated to release their self-titled debut next month and have given us another glimpse of the pop&B to come with “Nightlight.” Just as shimmering as their last single “Shucks,” the track goes further into their ’80s pop-gleaned sound, primed for soft swaying over heartache. Check it out below. More »
I could tell you that Dungeonesse’s “Shucks,” the second single from their upcoming self-titled debut, is like the perfect hybrid of How To Dress Well’s R&Basinski and the new alt-pop. I could also talk about how the synths are weird and warm and singer Jenn Wasser’s breathy coos belong on some So So Def release… More »
Throughout the course of my life I have not been what you would call an R&B listener. A brief history of my dabbling: I owned a cassette copy of Boyz II Men’s II because who didn’t? A year later I nabbed Mariah Carey’s Daydream on CD, mesmerized by the tree swing party that was the… More »
Jenn Wasner is the inimitable front-belter for Baltimore duo Wye Oak, and lately she’s also been releasing some pretty great solo music under her Flock Of Dimes pseudonym. Now she’s got a third project going: Dungeonesse, a duo with White Life’s John Ehrens. (Baltimoreans who name their band after misspellings of crab species deserve high-fives.)… More »