Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner is taking a brief musical vacation from the world of indie folk. Under the name Dungeonesse, and together with longtime pal and fellow Baltimorian Jon Ehrens (White Life, Art Department), she’s booked passage on the disco train to Partytown. And to keep the ol’ locomotive metaphor chuggin’ along (sorrrrrry), the conductor is the fabulous Secretly Canadian label, who are releasing the duo’s first single “Drive You Crazy” (digital/vinyl 12-inch) on December 4. Bonus: the B-side is a track called “Private Party.” All aboard, indeed. (Sorrrrry, gross.)
Says Wasner, “Something that Jon and I talk about a lot is the idea of reclaiming pop music; placing it squarely in the hands of, I dunno, say a couple of regular nerds from Baltimore.” The video for “Drive You Crazy,” which you can watch below, showcases what pop would be like if it were squirming through the hands of several, um, nice young men and women from Baltimore. Shot and directed by Matthew Yake, with artwork by Matthew Craven, and filmed at a dance party hosted by the band at Baltimore’s Nudashank Gallery, the video is a celebration of good times, gettin’ crunk, and FRIENDS. Dungeonesse’s full-length drops sometime in 2013.