As a leading pioneer within Melbourne's rich DIY scene, Jen Cloher offers a self-titled ten-track which easily justifies her burgeoning reputation. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Courtney Barnett and Fraser A on Milk! label, it's onwards and upwards for this bold, witty and punk-tinged songwriter.
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This is Jen Cloher’s sophomore, self-titled album; I’m into track 2 now and I like it. I like it a lot, in fact. A member of Melbourne’s fertile DIY scene, and sharing a label with the much-admired Courtney Barnett -- as well as a couple of split singles over the last 5 years -- Cloher’s music is a pleasing, easy as pie thing to listen to, with a few jagged edges.
Sometimes JC reminds me of Kim Gordon (‘Forget Myself’) and sometimes PJ Harvey (‘Shoegazers’, our Ian take note) but mostly I’m hearing a big Patti Smith influence. I’m sure Jen will be thrilled to read that. Regardless, this record is a gorgeous, vital, enthralling record from start to finish. It’s one of those rare things she has -- the ability to sing on a record to thousands, potentially millions of listeners (she certainly deserves it), and still make the listener think she is speaking to them and possibly only them. Jen Cloher possesses an honest, assuredly relaxed and refreshing voice that more than hints at intimacy and future heartbreaks. And it’s started my day off very nicely indeed. There’s a lovely, lolloping guitar riff on ‘Sensory Memory’ too. It’s all joy and love right now. It could be my second cup of coffee talking, but if you’re a fan of that thing called music, you need this record. Terrific.
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