Announcing my second single and its accompanying video that offers another glimpse into my forthcoming album ‘Hum Of The Mettle.’ Showcasing delicate guitar that outlines an ethereal soundscape, gradually expanding with layered acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, drums and celestial keyboards, all surrounding the evocative words of award-winning poet, lyricist and librettist Maria Zajkowski.
The lyrics are an excerpt from her most recent book of poetry, Icon. Of this book she writes “My father, Eugienuisz Zajkowski, had a hard, miraculous and normal life. He never intended to be an icon. This collection preserves some of what I lost to his Alzheimer’s. And then, what I lost when he died.” In writing the music, I wanted to capture something of the delicacy and sadness that surges with the words, but held within a lighter melodic treatment that by contrast makes the song all the more poignant. These shifts between the quiet acoustic guitar and the swelling of the surrounding instrumentation, the upward, lilting vocal melody with the darker poetry, the percussive elements against a sustained bed of keyboard sounds, this is folk pop laced with the bittersweet.”
Band: Jen Lush (vocals), Sam Cagney (acoustic guitar), Mark Seddon (Bass guitar), Paul Angas (drums/percussion/keys), James Brown (electric guitar).
Recorded at Wizard Tone Studios, produced, recorded and mixed by James Brown. Mastered by Michael Lynch at Shoehorse Sound. Video by Tobin.
Jen Lush bio
Adelaide singer-songwriter Jen Lush is known for her dynamic, intimate and adventurous new music. With influences ranging from Feist, Iron & Wine and Anais Mitchell, these are tender folk songs flung into evocative, experimental rock infused soundscapes with storytelling at the centre. From her decade with folk band Cat Dog Bird to her debut solo album of poem songs ‘The Night’s Insomnia’ Jen and her stellar band have appeared at festivals and venues throughout SA, Victoria, NSW, WA and Tasmania.
In 2021 Jen released her album ‘Let Loose The Beating Birds’, a commentary on motherhood, suburban life and the broader environmental and political landscape of our current times. Reaching #11 on Three D’s top 100+1 for 2021, and winner of the ARBA Roots Album of the Year (2021), ‘LLTBB’ has received generous airplay across Australia, releasing five singles with videos, and performing to sell-out crowds.
Jen’s new album of songs ‘Hum of the Mettle’ crafted from contemporary Australian poetry, commissioned for the Denmark Festival of Voice (WA) is due for release in August 2023.
“With her soaring vocal performance layered across a sprawling production from start to finish, she is continuing her rise as one of the more captivating names doing the rounds right now.” Mystic Sons – UK
“combining the world of poetry with experimental folk-rock soundscapes to devise what is an enchanting, otherworldly experience for listeners.” Beat Magazine
“a captivating journey through various Australian experiences with empathy and wonder..” Sonic Vandals
The Wheatsheaf Hotel August 20 With special guest Georgiy Rochow, 4-7pm
The Wheatsheaf Hotel September 16 Jen Lush / Tom Redwood / Adam Geoffrey Cole 7pm
Maldon Folk Festival (Vic) November 4-6
Stone Pony November 18 With Special guests Mark Curtis & The Flannelettes
Queens Theatre December 8 Jen Lush band / Axe & The Ivory
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