The Rich Girls Are Weeping

30 January 2006

Oh, buzzworthy? You know it. I'm exceedingly impressed with what I've heard of the latest out-of-Sweden hot property, Jeniferever. It's kind of weird to think of a band that's been around since 2000 as an exciting, new act. But there you have it, welcome to the vagaries of "Internet buzz." Thanks to Drowned in Sound, the sort of UK equivalent of Pitchfork (only sweeter and wya more enthusiastic), with the release of the "From Across the Sea" single on Feb. 13, Jeniferever poised to make it out of Upsala.

Kids on the Internets compare Jeniferever to Mogwai (they're quieter) and Low (they're a little louder) and The Album Leaf (they're not as boring) and Explosions in the Sky (they're not as ... Texan) and The Appleseed Cast (they're way less emo). But it's true, Jeniferever's earlier works do contain very, very long songs that encapsulate that moody, atmospheric feeling that's heavy on the instrumentals, guitar effects and whispered, far-off vocals. However, their new tracks illustrate how they're on a similar road to Calla -- over the past few years Jenifever has quietly whittled their epic tracks down to around a cozy 6 minutes each (down from the near-painfully epic 10-18 minute mark) and morphed into something new -- shoegaze-tinged with a splash of emo, with one foot firmly planted in folk and prog rock and the other in the weird realm of experimental music. From what I've heard, things are still quiet and mellow, and the lyrics live somewhere between Jens Lekman and Ben Gibbard. But yeah, apparently, they totally tour with two bassists and unleash a pretty wicked wall of sound.

Jeniferever -- From Across The Sea

(A few of Jeniferever's older tracks are available to download at their site. "For The World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" is particulaly fantastic. And yes, they are apparently named after an early Smashing Pumpkins song, "Jennifer Ever." And hey, if you're in Glasgow (yes, Scotland), you can see them play with Beerjacket, a nice young man who plays lovely folk music and who coincidentally recently contacted me about his music.)

Bonus: Everyone wants more Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins, yes? From her split 7" with Rickie Lee Jones soundalike Whispertown 2000 (they're on tour together, yay!), here's a previously unreleased track.

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins -- Paradise

Also, isn't it weird how things float around in the collective consciousness? I was just thinking about The Lesser Birds of Paradise yesterday, who I saw open for my darlings The Wrens at the Empty Bottle in Chicago in September 2004 (yes, for the record, that was the one where I kind of wept uncontrollably through The Wrens' whole set -- don't ask...), and whaddya know, Sixeyes has a whole bunch of tracks up this morning. The best thing about TLBoP is that they have a saw, and if you've been listening to the advance of Neko Case's entire back catalog all weekend (see previous entry), as I have, you might be in the right place to give them a right proper listen.


Blogger Chad said...

thank you for the jenny lewis track!

i love this site more and more each day...

Monday, January 30, 2006 2:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

honest to goodness do you ever post anything i don't love? unbelievable. this is the best website in the history of Earth (you can quote that).

thank you

Monday, January 30, 2006 6:43:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

You guys! All this flattery is totally going to my head! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 1:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The track called 'For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky' is named after a particularly good Star Trek original series episode.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 3:27:00 PM  

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