Amazing, Strong, Beautiful. These are all words that could be used to describe Jen Cloher and her music, and I would still only be scratching the surface. I could go on… and I think I will. Raw, Real, Emotional, are some other words I’d use on this power woman. The lady is extremely talented and her skills are enough to make anyone envious. I’m envious. Inevitably you will have one of those moments when you look at yourself and your ukulele lying in the corner covered in dust thinking ‘Surely, that could’ve been me. WHY isn’t it me?’ But no, we can’t all be Jen Cloher so we’ll just have to settle for sheer admiration of the Melbourne based singer-songwriter. However, it must be noted that she should be counting her lucky stars that my own special brand of ukulele-folk hasn’t had record labels falling over themselves trying to sign me. Their loss.
Cloher released her third album, In Blood Memory, in May 2013 through Milk! Records. It’s a touching album that centralises around the concept of love. At times, it’s unashamedly rock, complete with thrashing guitars and some seriously awesome drum beats. Pitted against Cloher’s smoky, scratchy vocals, its a totally mesmerizing combination, notably on Mount Beauty. Then at times, like David Bowie’s Eyes, it’s a little bit more folky and sentimental. Then at other times, it’s frankly heartbreaking. All together, the album paints a perfect picture of womanhood and cements Cloher as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters. The album was recorded live and the results are wonderful, it kind of stops you in your tracks – it’s like gin for your ears. Even if the singer-songwriter genre isn’t normally your thing, then you should DEFINITELY listen to this album. Go on, treat yourself. I’m telling you it’s like gin for the ears. Or whiskey.
Cloher really keeps it real on this album. It’s been noted that prior to recording In Blood Memory, both Cloher’s parents died within a few months of each other. She maintained that this album would not be an album of sorrow and for that reason, it becomes incredibly empowering. Watch the clip to Hold My Hand, which was inspired by a conversation between her mother and father about when they first met. It’s beautifully produced and at nearly seven minutes long, it’s more like a short film re-counting a beautiful, moving love story. I can’t help feeling sad watching it. Besides being a totally awesome woman, Cloher is also in the middle of a tour with two other kick-arse female singer-songwriters, Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer. Performing under the guise of Dyson Stringer Cloher they have been touring around regional Australia with shows up until December. It’s definitely worth catching three of the Australia’s finest singer-songwriters on the road, and no, I’m not one of them.
November 28 – The Grand Poobah: 142 Liverpool Street, Hobart, TAS
November 29 – Barossa Regional Gallery: 3 Basedow Rd, Tanunda, SA
November 30 – The Wheatsheaf Hotel: 39 George st, Theabarton, Adelaide, SA
December 1 – The Singing Gallery: Main St, Mclaren Vale, SA
December 5 – Fremantle Arts Centre: 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle, WA
December 6 – The Bakery: 233 James Street, Northbridge, Perth, WA
December 7 – Quindanning Inne: Pinjarra Williams Rd, Quindanning, WA
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