Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher – s/t (album review)

by Woody on September 1, 2017

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The best part about finding out about Jen Cloher on her fourth album is that I feel like I just got four great albums to listen to. She has a certain swagger and cool about her that is some sort of a mix between Patti Smith and Chrissy Hynde. Songs chug along meaty hooks as her throaty voice delivers the goods.

For those not in the know, Cloher is the wife of Courtney Barnett. It wouldn’t make a lick of difference if she was married to Courtney B. Vance pr Kortney Kardashain, this album stands on its own merit. But the main reason, for mentioning her relationship with Barnett is that it plays a role. As mentioned, Cloher has 3 prior albums and is Barnett’s senior by 10 years. To see her wife hit international acclaim on her first LP would shake anyone. She delves into shit with Forgot Myself and Sensory Memory. It doesn’t come across as bitter; more honest than any person would feel.

But lest you think this LP is all about her and Courtney. She hits on some heavy subjects and takes the religious right down a peg on Kinda Biblical. The following track is Great Australian Bite, a track about how Australian artists suffer from a grueling touring schedule to make any sort of an international name for themselves.

This is an absolute gem of an album. She deserves all the plaudits she gets.

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

by Woody on June 22, 2017

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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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