Sound it Out # 37: Jenny O. - “Automechanic” (MP3)
I posted Jenny O.’s first single almost a year ago. At that time, Jenny was just getting started - she had moved from NY to LA and had a five-song EP called “Home” that she released herself. Since then, all five songs on “Home” have been featured on TV series, car commercials and video games...some of them in all three. Jenny has toured the country a few times, played a residency in LA, turned some heads at SXSW, and made a new record. She's on a roll.
The new album is called Automechanic and though Jenny has been courted by record labels large and small, she opted to put it out on her own imprint, Holy Trinity, on February 5th. There’s a purity and a fire to Jenny O. that I find irresistible. Her almost child-like voice is an evocative counterpoint to the confidence and complexity of her music.
Here’s a free download of the title track from Automechanic. Thanks Jenny!
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I saw singer-songwriter Jenny O. [Twitter] perform in Los Angeles last night, during this awesome benefit at Largo for Ryuichi Sakamoto's project to replace school musical instruments lost in Japan's 3/11 quake and tsunami. Her performance was incredible, and she's an awfully nice person. Boing Boing's music curator Amy Seidenwurm posted about Jenny O. recently, and she's right: you gotta check her out.
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Sound It Out #3: Jenny O. -- "Well OK Honey"
It’s not easy to find information about Jenny O. Her bio tells us that her father is a scientist/wedding singer and that she began playing music at an early age. That’s pretty much it.
Mysterious origins aside, “Well OK Honey” is the rare song that is both incredibly groovy and packs an emotional punch. It’s written from the perspective of a wise beyond-her-years teenage girl to her age-inappropriate lover. Jenny’s voice is sultry and bluesy as she sings “I am a child...you have a child.” Boogie style guitars, maracas, handclaps and a couple of strangely-paced solos add to the hard-to-categorize awkward/hot tone. This could be a strong contender for wrongest strip club song of the year.
Jenny O.'s debut album is rumored to come out sometime in 2012.
Download an MP3 of Jenny O.'s "Well OK Honey"