New York based singer/songwriter Jenny Kern manages to up her game with each new release. In many ways her latest single ‘Now We Now’ pulls together all the finest parts of her prior releases. Musically it is the perfect blend of the warm and fragile folk of her debut EP and the indie pop synths explored in ‘Satellite’. It’s her most assured vocal performance to date, and the lush arrangement and beautifully bittersweet tone make this the kind of song that you end up listening to on repeat and losing all sense of time. Most of all however it showcases her songwriting at its most open and vulnerable. ‘Now We Know’ is a track all about facing the end of a relationship; the pain of parting, the struggle that comes with facing up to your mistakes, and ultimately a sense of understanding and acceptance. By opening her heart and being honest with both herself and the listener, you feel a keen sense of the hurt and emptiness, but with a feeling of peace and closure shining through, on this entrancingly introspective track.
One of the marks of a great artist is versatility. That needn’t mean being well versed in vastly different styles, it can also mean being able to express certain emotions or conjure up different imagery. The new song from Canadian born singer/songwriter Jenny Kern shows her taking an assured step towards expanding her sound in this way. While tracks from her debut EP were grounded more in folk, with warm and simple arrangements that used empty space to their advantage, new offering ‘Satellite’ takes a turn towards indie pop territory. The dreamy synths, animated electronic beats and overall more eclectic arrangement found here feels like a whole other world. It feels like an oasis of quiet self reflection in the middle of a crazy hectic existence. While her earlier singles were like a still night in a country cottage before a crackling fire, this latest effort feels more like walking through the city searching for answers as the streetlights shimmer on the rain-drenched streets.
A perfectly pensive track for these quiet winter nights, the aptly named ‘Slow Burn’ is just one of those songs that incites introspection. The kind of song that plays in your head as you watch the rain patter on your window, or the flames dancing in the fireplace. It has such a deeply cinematic feel that it can make even the most mundane setting feel like a movie scene. You almost seem to see the world differently with this song playing. Like the big things we all stress about don’t matter anymore, and instead you start to see more meaning in the little things that you wouldn’t normally even notice. Canadian born singer/songwriter Jenny Kern has made one hell of an impression with her debut single. I just want to listen to it on repeat until the world around me turns to dust.