“This song is about trying, and failing, to connect. It’s about the ways in which, despite our best efforts, we misunderstand each other, and become so attached to stories that we’re unable to see the truth that’s right in front of us. And it’s about the invisible mark that another person can leave on your body, heart and mind long after their absence. It can be difficult to make sense of the memory of your experience when the reality on the surface is always shifting—when the story you’re telling, or the story you’ve been told, unravels, leaving you with a handful of pieces and no idea how they used to fit together.”
Few can explore such specific and painful ideas with clarity as Wasner does, and “Price of Blue” is another glowing example of the ways she fearlessly forays into her psyche with her trusty array of instruments. Those out there who have followed her since the earliest Wye Oak releases will know she’s a guitar badass, and it’s great to hear her wielding her axe with force once again here, animating the burning sensation of these missed connections with gorgeous ferocity. She leaves plenty of space for her rich voice though, which buffets through reflections with stunning grace – and “Price of Blue” is an audibly tough but healing outpouring for her.
Listen to “Price of Blue” on streaming platforms or watch the video, co-directed by Jenn Wasner and Graham Tolbert, below.