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Jen Cloher — Jen Cloher (Aug. 11th, 2017) •¬• “This record is much more of a ‘band’ album because we really developed our own sound a lot with all the touring that we did. When I was writing these songs, I was very conscious that I was writing these songs to a band’s strength.” We meet at Sunday, 17 September, Monarch, Berlin, Germany. © Photo credit: Renee Coster
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Album release: Aug. 11th, 2017
Record Label: (Milk!) Records
01. Forgot Myself 4:25
02. Analysis Paralysis 7:47
03. Regional Echo 5:44
04. Sensory Memory 3:44
05. Shoegazers 3:48
06. Strong Woman 3:00
07. Kinda Biblical 3:53
08. Great Australian Bite 4:43
09. Loose Magic 5:46
10. Waiting In The Wings 5:03
11. Dark Art 2:16 © 2015 08 28 GIGS JEN CLOHER @ ACMI (AU REVIEW)
• Recorded by Greg Walker at The Bakery, Jumbunna, Victoria.
• Mixed by Tom Schick at The Loft, Chicago.
• Produced by Greg Walker and Jen Cloher.
• Mastered by David Walker at Stepford Audio, Collingwood.
• All songs by Jen Cloher, 2017.
•¬• Guitar and Vocals — Jen Cloher
•¬• Guitar and Vocals — Courtney Barnett
•¬• Bass and Vocals — Bones Sloane
•¬• Drums and Vocals — Jen Sholakis
•¬• Guitar, Piano, Violin, percussion and vocals — Greg Walker
•¬• Guitar on Loose Magic — Kurt Vile
•¬• Vocals on Strong Woman — Tain Stangret, Rachel Maserati.
•¬• Mini Moog and Tambourine on Shoegazers — Tom Healy
•¬• Synth on Forgot Myself — Dan Luscombe
• Cover photo by Luke McLean Stephenson
• Studio photos by Xavier Fennell
• Cover design by Traianos Pakioufakis
• Merch design Minna Leunig
• Milk! Records and Marathon Artists in August 2017.
© Courtney Barnett, Marcus Hobbs, Jen Cloher, Fraser A Gorman and Oliver Mestitz from Milk! Records (Jeremy Story Carter, ABC)
Jen Cloher: Jen Cloher review —– love and paranoia.
Kitty Empire, Sunday 13 August 2017 08.00 BST / Score: ****
•¬• You’re a wry, thoughtful Australian singer~songwriter and label owner, feted on your national scene. Suddenly, your other half — another wry, thoughtful Australian singer~songwriter — gets famous beyond either of your wildest DIY dreams. The cocktail of love and paranoia can only come out in song: Forgot Myself, the raw~nerve lead track on Jen Cloher’s fourth album, or the more serene Sensory Memory; significantly, that’s Courtney Barnett on guitar. Cloher’s work is characterised by searing honesty on this, and other granular subjects. Great Australian Bite analyses the lot of Australian artists with mighty, acidic, reverberating Crazy Horse guitars. Cloher and her band can do Sleater~Kinney~ish post~punk (Strong Woman) and the Velvet Underground via Bill Callahan (Analysis Paralysis), but are particularly enjoyable on songs like the dreamlike Regional Echo, when Cloher sounds least like Barnett.
Website: https://www.jencloher.com/ // Bandcamp: https://jencloher.bandcamp.com/
INTERVIEW: Jen Cloher (AUS), November 2008. David James Young.
Venue: Monarch, Skalitzer Strasse 134, Kreuzberg / 10999 Berlin, Germany
•¬• www.kottimonarch.de/ © Image... Fraser A Gorman, Jen Cloher and Courtney Barnett in the RN studios. (Photo credit: Jeremy Story Carter, ABC)
•¬• “Cloher’s third record is a short, sharp look at her continuously evolving style, this time evoking vivid musical pictures of the Velvet Underground and Crazy Horse. As usual though, it’s a record that sees her voice strong and true, her songwriting sharp, a musician at the top of her game.” — Rolling Stone
•¬• “With three albums under her belt, Cloher has established herself as a shapeshifter within, and torch~bearer for, the conventions of rock.” — Pitchfork
•¬• “It’s self~titled.” The three~word answer is all that Jen Cloher requires to describe her recently completed fourth album, a letter in triplicate addressed to themes of Love, Music and Australia (the beautiful and the terrible). Jen likes best to tell the truth.
•¬• Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as the punk~rock figurehead of Melbourne’s famous DIY music scene. The NIDA Graduate is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and the co~founder of the incredible Milk! Records label (Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls Choir). Cloher’s fascinating life~story and compelling political voice is enough justification to pay her attention, but it’s the music that will have you returning again and again.
•¬• Since 2014, Jen's regular musical contributions to Milk! Record’s discography of 7” releases and compilations have been increasingly biting, witty and poetic. It's fair to say that she was in a purple patch when she put the finishing touches to her stunning new record with engineer Greg Walker amidst the rolling greenery of Jumbunna in Victoria’s Gippsland. The band that first played together four years ago on Cloher’s acclaimed third album, the Australian Music Prize nominated In Blood Memory, are bold and assured, the songs split by Courtney Barnett’s extraordinary lead~guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The record was completed in March 2017 with Tom Schick at Jeff Tweedy’s famous ‘Loft’ Studios in the depths of Chicago’s winter.
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