Jasmine Dreame Wagner

Jasmine Dreame Wagner’s Switchblade Moon EP is the first installment of a song cycle that explores the sprawling American landscape. Wagner’s meditations on climate change, economic recessions, and dystopian narratives pay tribute to the great American songbooks of Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone, the arrangements of Scott Walker and Annette Peacock, the novels of Don DeLillo and Rachel Kushner, and the poetry, multidisciplinary works and operas of Anne Carson, while traversing America’s cultural echolalia of nostalgia, reference and homage.

Recorded over several years at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY, 4th Street Recording in Santa Monica, CA, Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY, and at various apartments and homes in Brooklyn and upstate New York, the tracks feature performances by Wagner (vocals, grand piano, acoustic guitar, synthesizer), Joe Magar (double bass), Oscar Albis Rodriguez (guitar), Charlie Rauh (guitar), Charlie Dye (percussion), Chris Barrick (vibraphone), John Panza (percussion), Lauren Hilary Clune (guitar), C. Ryder Cooley (saw), and Meghan Maguire Dahn (backing vocals).

As an artist working across music and film, poetry and lyric essay, Wagner’s lyrics are foremost in her arrangements. Her compositions are inspired by twentieth-century songwriters captured on analog tape machines, chamber works performed in open halls and carpeted living rooms, and political protest songs and pop music from the 1960s and 70s.

Wagner has toured across the United States, self-releasing music and booking her own tours over the course of her career. She collaborated on the video for “Switchblade Moon” (the EP’s title song) with Director of Photography Jonathan Schwarz and Editor Maisie Weissman and shot and edited the album art photography, a series of documentary photographs of American car and consumer culture. She considers directors Wim Wenders and David Lynch, producers Berry Gordy and Brian Wilson, with their holistic visions and saturated visuals, as major influences on her work.

Wagner is also a poet. She is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press), a collection of poems and lyric essays deemed “a capacious book of traveller’s observations, cultural criticism, and quarter-life-crisis notes” by Stephanie Burt at The New Yorker and “a radical cultural anthropology of the wild time we’re living in” by Iris Cushing at Hyperallergic. Her debut poetry collection, Rings (Kelsey Street Press), was hailed as “powerfully exercised, technically masterful, and encyclopedic in its scope” in a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

The Switchblade Moon EP vinyl 12″ ships with a limited edition zine and full color postcard. Limited orders will also receive a signed original artwork by Jasmine Dreame Wagner.

Jasmine Dreame Riot Act 2
Jasmine Dreame Riot Act 1

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