Jen Cloher’s new album is a work of remarkable altruism and finesse

Cloher explores the highs and lows of life with raw honesty. Their songs are a celebration of vulnerability, encouraging listeners to embrace their flaws and find beauty in their imperfections.

Jen Cloher is unleashing their most rebellious single yet, “My Witch,” from their highly anticipated fifth album, “I Am The River, The River Is Me.” The album, set to drop on March 3rd, 2023 via Milk!/Remote Control Records, is a veritable feast of sound, brimming with lush and vibrant production.

Cloher is joined by an all-star cast of Georgia Maq, Mo’Ju, Kira Puru, Alice Skye, and Lay the Mystic in the equally unbridled music video. The multi-award-winning artist is also announcing an Australian tour that will hit Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Anglesea, Melbourne, and Sydney in May.

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Cloher describes the creation of “My Witch” as a wild ride, saying, “I was at a party where a friend had hired a portable cedar spa. As the night went on, things got more and more raunchy, like a Bacchanalian scene in a forest… I wanted to bring that energy to the music video and paired it with a steamy gym workout scene featuring the body-positive icon Georgia Maq as my witch and personal trainer.” The climax of the video takes place in a spa cauldron with a coven of hot witches, including Mo’Ju, Alice Skye, Kira Puru, and Lay the Mystic.

“I Am The River, The River Is Me” is Cloher’s first album in five years, and it is a work of remarkable generosity and grace. The album was recorded between Aotearoa (NZ) and Naarm (Melbourne) with producers Tom Healy, Anika Ostendorf, and Cloher’s drummer, Jen Sholakis. The album features contributions from trailblazing artists such as Emma Donovan, Kylie Auldist, Liz Stringer, Te Kaahu, Ruby Solly, and members of the Kapa Haka. The entire record exudes a communal spirit and is a celebration of the vibrant, life-filled communities that surround Cloher.

These fiercely political songs never feel heavy, instead brimming with energy and life, showcasing that just existing, laughing, singing, and making art is a form of resistance. “I Am The River, The River Is Me” is not a perfect self-portrait, but it captures something deeper – a picture of humanity and community as a messy and beautiful tapestry. The joy of life, according to Cloher, is found in embracing your weaknesses with grace and celebrating the parts of yourself that are still unfinished. On “Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu,” Cloher puts it simply, “I may have come late, but better late than never.”

Check out the video.


Pre-save / Pre-order I Am The River, The River Is Me here: https://jen-cloher.lnk.to/iamtheriver