When Jenny contacted me about getting coverage on Lunar Music, I instantly knew she was something special. Even by just looking at the stunning press photos for the release of her debut EP The Swan, it’s clear that the art direction is elegant, ghostly and ethereal. It’s almost impossible to tag the band’s music to a particular genre; but there are certainly parallels to be drawn between the atmospheres and emotions dealt with in The Swan, and Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials.I spoke to Jenny to hear about what she had to say about the band and how she started making music.
Where are you from?
I was born in California but have moved around for most of my life, spending time living in Japan, Norway, Ireland and Iceland. I feel Californian though… the beach and the sun are in my blood, despite the dark nature of my songs.
How would you describe your sound?
I have always had trouble attaching my music to any one genre, I think it’s a bit all over the place. I met Chris Isaak earlier in the year, and when he asked me I just instinctively said, ‘cinematic electronic pop music, kind of mixed with the dark side of country and soul music’. I really think that’s the closest I have come to describing my sound.
Who are your greatest musical influences?
Morrissey, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, Japanese Enka Music, and early 90’s R&B which I grew up on.
When and why did you start making music?
I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t singing. I think I only seriously started writing songs when I was about 14. I begged my father to buy me a guitar, and my best friend taught me all the chords. We would write songs about everything, but they always ended up with really sad lyrics. We were really angst ridden children…
Why should we listen to you?
I just hope that people will hear a song and connect to it on an emotional or intuitive level and fall in love or cry or laugh… I want to make songs that young girls dance around their rooms to, or that can save you on an anxious monday morning. Songs that become a part of your life because they help you in some way, by bringing magic, or lifting you up out of the mundane.