Imagine yourself wandering through a field of wild spring flowers, sun lightly touching your bare shoulders, clouds scattered here and there, and a view of the countryside spread out all around you. And then suddenly you are walking through the city at night, surrounded by people huddled in their coats rushing off to their next destination, while you stroll against the flow. This is what Jen Gloeckner’s Vine does for me, transports me elsewhere into my memories for a while, a beautiful album composed of 11 ethereal and mesmerizing songs.
Jen Gloeckner recorded Vine in her bedroom, but you would never have guessed so. Her haunting tunes and beautiful voice literally soar over you, wrapping themselves around you and drawing you in. Vine is literally magnetizing: a creative mélange of ambient rock, psychedelica, enchanting trip hop, with elements of folk and dream pop that resound strongly in songs such as Breathe and Sold. The songs are independent in beauty and sound but flow together seamlessly, a butterfly fluttering through the seasons, transforming into firefly and moth, and finally back into butterfly again.
With appearances by John Ashton (Psychedelic Furs), Henry Padovani, and Angela Mattson, and mixed by Brian McTear and Matt Poirier at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia, Vine is a must listen. Released worldwide on April 14th, and available through all your usual outlets, Jen Gloeckner is a real-deal talent with amazing talents. This one will be on rotation for a while here!
If you like artists such as Marianne Faithfull, Massive Attack, PJ Harvey, Portishead and Lana Del Rey, definitely give Vine a spin. My favourite tracks are currently Breathe, Vine and Colors.