Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Record Review - Jen Cloher

Published in the May issue of Rolling Stone.

Jen Cloher
In Blood Memory
Milk! Records / Vitamin

At only seven tracks long, Jen 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.

Opener ‘Mount Beauty’ is all shimmery guitars and wandering bass, giving way to the continuous electric strum of ‘Name In Lights’, and the country-tinged wander of ‘David Bowie Eyes’.

The album is gloriously tied up with ‘Hold My Hand’, the refrain “Our love is more” burning its way into your brain, the song building and building before fading to nothing. A solid record from a quiet achiever.

Key Tracks: Mount Beauty, David Bowie Eyes, Hold My Hand

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