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On her new full length album, Diorama, singer-songwriter Hailey Wojcik explores the many meanings of that word. Part theatre, part museum exhibit, each song is a musically unique and detailed glimpse at a life. The album was produced by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs) and makes use of a wide range of instrumentation, from Indian banjo to mellotron to recorded samples of animal noises, as well as strumstick, horns, ukulele and guitars.

While attending college in Michigan, Wojcik studied creative writing, a background that is evidenced in her songwriting. She identifies with literary protagonists of Kafka and Salinger in "Samsa Morning" and "Holden Caulfield", respectively.

The closing song on the album, "Model Aeroplane", is a duet she co-wrote with legendary hardcore punk vocalist and Touch and Go Records founder, Tesco Vee of the Meatmen. The unlikely pair met while neighbors in Michigan, and are currently working on further collaborations.

Wojcik is the child of zookeepers, an experience she recounts in, "Raised in a Zoo", a song which she and her band have been known to perform while wearing colorful animal masks. "Amnesia", a circus-y song consisting of only ukulele, vocals and hand percussion, deals with the point in a relationship where the best option seems to be taking a blunt object to one another's craniums to erase the memories of things that have been said/and start over. "Anglerfish" is a song for jilted lovers everywhere - its upbeat melody belies tongue-in-cheek bitter lyrics such as "I hope he gives you syphilis/and you don't notice it/until it creeps into your brain/then which one of us would be insane".

For the album art, Wojcik created a cardboard box diorama to represent each song, and she proves to be an artistic magpie, collecting scraps and treasures, phrases and ephemera, all to be constructed later into something wholly unexpected and beautiful.

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  • Left by sunslide, on Feb 18, 2010 - 9:12
    tremendous
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    Great to see you here...
    Left by KWeinberg, on Feb 13, 2010 - 14:12
    Welcome - and thank you for sharing your new album with us... It is fantastic.

    Heard a few of your songs from T61, so nice to here the rest of the album here!
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    Left by olivier, on Feb 11, 2010 - 8:22
    Listening to your album right now, really nice.
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    1st Time Listener
    Left by AndyB, on Feb 11, 2010 - 6:47
    Absolutely love your music.
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  • Left by Rafael, on Feb 10, 2010 - 19:12
    I wish I could be in New York at that show! Thanks for joining uvumi! :)
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    Happy...
    Left by woodjean, on Feb 10, 2010 - 16:44
    that you and your music are here. I like it!
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    Left by Sally, on Feb 10, 2010 - 14:42
    Heyas!! great to see you here, thanks for sharing your music!
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    Welcome!
    Left by ThomasAD3, on Feb 10, 2010 - 11:24
    Glad you found us over here in the Free World!
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    Welcome to Uvumi!
    Left by hdsander, on Feb 10, 2010 - 11:24
    Great to see you here!!!
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