Jen Cloher announces s/t album 8/11/17

by Woody on June 22, 2017

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Photo Credit: Tajette O’Hallaran

I hadn’t heard of Australia’s Jen Cloher until this track popped up in the HearYa inbox. She’s the co-founder of Milk! Records which includes Courtney Barnett and Fraser A. Gorman. I like those guys. Her last album was called In Blood Memory and that’s pretty damn good as well. I’d say if you like HearYa and subsequently, Barnett and Gorman; check her out. I think you’re going to dig her music. She’s going to be opening for the Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett supergroup this fall.

Here’s a little more info on the album. Recorded amidst the rolling greenery of South-Eastern Australia and mixed at Jeff Tweedy’s famous Loft Studios in Chicago, the songs are split by Courtney Barnett’s extraordinary lead guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The end result is bold, assured, and piercingly observed, seeing Cloher face up to painful truths with unwavering honesty and emerge triumphant. On tracks like “Analysis Paralysis” and “Shoegazers” Cloher dissects the complacency of privilege, while on the stirring anthem-to-be “Strong Woman” she looks to her Maori heritage of women warriors, proud that her Mother “wanted respect more than love.”

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