Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jenny O. has returned with her fourth album Spectra, a lush indie-pop album dedicated to loving fully and unabashedly the world around you. She’s also announced a string of tour dates that include a stop at the Come What May Festival in Santa Inez Valley, CA on May 26-27. In a lot of ways, the new album is an affecting guide on how to live that’s wrapped up in Jenny’s characteristically reverent lyricism. Produced by Kevin Ratterman — who also produced her prior album New Truth — the record radiates with an enveloping lyrical and melodic warmth.
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From the moment the album’s opening track “Pleasure in Function” begins, you’re dreamily transported to the contemplative soundscapes of Spectra against the sublime tones of an organ and tumbling percussion. In “You Are Loved Eternally,” a jangle of guitars twang their way through beaming mantras that give voice to an essential reminder of love and its timelessness; while the paced movements of the electronica ballad “The Natural World” are steeped in a solemn adoration of the Earth and all its creation.
Across Spectra, there are glowing reminders of the multiplicity of love in all its forms and destinations. “Prism,” she mesmerizes on this slow jam of softly gleaming tones about the prismatic nature of love itself; on the album’s closing track “Golden,” she echoes this plea for affection against the “centuries of men” who’ve advocated against it.
But as compelling as Jenny’s ruminations on life and love are — so are the upbeat melodics found throughout Spectra. From the driving rhythms that fuel “Advice at a Dinner Party” to the anthemic new wave stroll that is “The Big Cheese.” Other standouts include the rip-roaring “Solitary Girl” which drills home Jenny’s rapid introspections and the psychedelic wonders of “Saint of Fun and Weirdos.”
See Jenny O. at the Come What May Festival in Santa Inez Valley, CA on May 26-27.
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Jenny O. tour
03.08 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *
03.09 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner *
03.10 – Ferndale, MI @ Parliament Room at Otus Supply *
03.11- Ferndale, MI @ Parliament Room at Otus Supply *
03.12 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe *
03.15 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
03.16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
03.17 – Evanston, IL @ Evanston SPACE *
03.18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall *
05.26 – 05.27 – Santa Inez Valley, CA @ Come What May Festival
* with Circles Around The Sun
Words: Steven Ward
Listen to Spectra the new album from Jenny O. below!