Jen Cloher Releases New Single “Regional Echo,” Self-Titled LP Out 8/11 on Marathon Artists + Milk! Records

 

JEN CLOHER

New Single “Regional Echo” Taken from Self-Titled LP Released August 11th on Milk! Records and Marathon Artists

Watch the video here:

With her forthcoming, self-titled LP, Australian artist Jen Cloher plays it fearlessly close to the bone, with raw, unflinching dissections of her life, love, and home of Australia.

By now you would have heard Forgot Myself,” a deceptively upbeat track about the sacrifices and difficulties of maintaining a long-distance relationship with a high profile partner. Now Cloher turns that unfiltered lens onto her complicated relationship with Australia in “Regional Echo,” a title inspired by legendary Australian poet Les Murray.

The video for “Regional Echo” was premiered by Stereogum today. Jen explains: “Our bass player Bones Sloane was raised in Goulburn, a regional centre nestled between Canberra and Sydney along the Hume Highway. Famous for it’s pastoral industry, most people will know it for the Big Merino, the world’s largest concrete sheep. I asked Bones if we could go home to visit his family and film him. I’ve used small town life as a larger metaphor for small time thinking – there’s something in our national psyche that keeps us small.”

One of the most beautiful and evocative songs on the album, “Regional Echo” paints an endless landscape of breathtaking but stultifying beauty – miles and miles of suburban sprawl in the summertime (“prawns in wheelie bins marinate/ a cocktail of stink”) which seduces with promises of a mortgaged Australian dream, while simultaneously snuffing out any wishes out of the ordinary, with Cloher singing about “tombs of dreams past/ wealth gone to waste”. In Cloher’s words:

“I grew up in Adelaide, a town in South Australia with a population of one million. In summer you could feel the heat blowing in from the desert. There was a remote feeling of not quite being a country town but not being large enough to be taken seriously either. Life had a strange amnesia. No-one taught you to dream big”.

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“Cloher has established herself as a shapeshifter within, and torch-bearer for, the conventions of rock.” – Pitchfork

“Cloher’s third record is a short, sharp look at her continuously evolving style, this time evoking vivid musical pictures of the Velvet Underground and Crazy Horse. As usual though, it’s a record that sees her voice strong and true, her songwriting sharp, a musician at the top of her game.” – Rolling Stone, on Cloher’s previous record In Blood Memory

TRACK LISTING

  1. Forgot Myself
  2. Analysis Paralysis
  3. Regional Echo
  4. Sensory Memory
  5. Shoegazers
  6. Strong Woman
  7. Great Australian Bite
  8. Loose Magic
  9. Waiting in the Wings
  10. Dark Art

UPCOMING LIVE DATES

AUSTRALIA

8/24/17 – Brisbane @ The Foundry (tickets)

8/24/17 – Sydney @ Oxford Art Factory (tickets)

9/3/17 – Fremantle @ Mojo’s Bar (tickets)

9/8/17 – Melbourne @ Howler (tickets)

9/9/17 – Adelaide @ Jive Bar (tickets)

 UK/EUROPE

9/20/17 – Hamburg @ Reeperbahn Festival (tickets)

9/22/17- Amsterdam @ Indiestad Festival (tickets)

9/23/17 – Paris @ Olympic Cafe (tickets)

9/24/17 – Ghent  @ DOK (tickets)

9/25/17 – London @ The Lexington (tickets)

9/28/17 – Leeds @ Headrow House (tickets)

9/29/17  – Manchester @ The Eagle Inn (tickets)

9/30/17 – Margate @ By The Sea Festival (tickets)

10/1/17- Cardiff @ SWN Festival (tickets)

USA AND CANADA

Note: Supporting Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

10/11/17 – San Diego @ House Of Blues (tickets)

10/14/17 – LA @ Cathedral (SOLD OUT)

10/18/17 – Oakland @ Fox Theatre (tickets)

10/20/17 – Portland @ Arlene Schnitzer Hall (tickets)

10/21/17 – Seattle @ The Moore (tickets)

10/25/17 – Minneapolis @ Palace Theatre (tickets)

10/26/17 – Chicago @ Rockefeller Chapel (SOLD OUT)

10/30/17 – Detroit @ Royal Oak Music Theatre (tickets)

10/31/17 – Toronto @ Massey Hall (tickets)

11/1/17 – New York @ Beacon Theatre (tickets)

11/3/17 – Philadelphia @ Tower Theatre (tickets)

11/4/17 – Boston @ Orpheum (tickets)

11/6/17 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre – Jersey City, NJ (tickets)

11/7/17 – The Anthem – Washington, DC (tickets)

11/9/17 – Nashville @ Ryman Auditorium (tickets)

11/10/17 – Dallas @ McFarlan Memorial Auditorium (tickets)

11/11/17 – Austin @ Moody Theatre (tickets)

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Featured Photo Credit : Tajette O’Hallaran

 

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