Jen Gloeckner: Vine (jengloeckner.com)

 |   |  <1 min read

Row with the Flow
Jen Gloeckner: Vine (jengloeckner.com)

Pitched somewhere between ethereal ambience, appealingly drone-like minimalist folk songwriting and astral electronica, this album by Iowa’s Gloeckner – recorded in her bedroom – also includes some eerily evocative sonic backdrops (the disconcerting Firefly) and nods towards economic prog-rock (Prayers) courtesy of her loops and programmes, guests like guitarist John Ashton from Psychedelic Furs, cello, E-Bow and more.

Quite a textured and ambitious third album from someone who has recorded with Joseph Arthur and the late, great Hector Zazou.

There’s also just enough of Angelo Badalamenti’s weightless Twin Peaks soundtrack here (The Last Thought with a strange Asian quality, the lovely Row with the Flow) to conjure up a sense of unease behind the seduction of her mid-distance vocals.

She’s not averse to a billowing ballad (Blowing Through with fluttering flute and cello) or hitting a sleepwalking state (Counting Sheep).

In a way the territory she occupies is quite crowded these days, but Gloeckner offers something a little more diverse than other contestants.

And when she drops down into a smoky monotone on the spaciously moody Colours she is utterly hypnotic.

Very much worth checking out. One which improves with repeat plays.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Chris Priestley: Unsung Heroes (Ode)

Chris Priestley: Unsung Heroes (Ode)

The firmly held belief here at Elsewhere -- which is a quorum of one, and I have the deciding vote -- is that New Zealand folk music has never been cool or interesting for most of the Sixties... > Read more

Jack Rose: Two Originals of Red Horse, White Music and Opium Musick (VHF)

Jack Rose: Two Originals of Red Horse, White Music and Opium Musick (VHF)

Quite why this 2004 instrumental album -- actually guitarist Rose's two even earlier albums on a single disc, appparently -- has turned up now is a bit of a mystery, but those with a taste for... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Young; On the Beach

THE BARGAIN BUY: Neil Young; On the Beach

It always gives Elsewhere special pleasure when one of our Essential Elsewhere albums turns up going cheap, and possibly never more so than in the case of this Neil Young album from '74. The... > Read more

JOE LOVANO INTERVIEWED (2008): Life is in the learning

JOE LOVANO INTERVIEWED (2008): Life is in the learning

At 55, Joe Lovano is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation, and has a career notable for its diversity. He has played straight ahead and swing, worked with Cuban musicians and... > Read more