Daily Song Study

Jordan Reyne – A Healer’s Folly

In songs on December 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

When one spends a lot of time listening to music, there are a lot of days when it may seem that all the good ideas have already been used up. So many artists are aping those who came before, it can be difficult to repress cynicism about the state of modern music.

But on the odd occasion, someone reminds us that innovation happens not by creating something totally new, but by combining existing elements in an unexpected way. Enter Jordan Reyne.

Here we have elements present in the sleekest of bubblegum pop (AutoTune, electronic drums), but their application in this case is far from mainstream. The atmosphere is nominally celtic (a form which often struggles to innovate), but possesses a grit more akin to Tom Waits, owing in no small part to Reyne’s hard-edged voice. The found-sound aesthetic is reminiscent of artists like Mocha Lab, not to mention Pink Floyd.

The fact that the album is based on England during the Industrial Revolution gives it a certain amount of zeitgeist in this time of globalization and widening gaps between classes. And while finding her inspiration primarily from the past, she is forward-thinking enough to be a staple of the music scene in the virtual world Second Life and other online venues.

Combining past and present in new and unpredictable ways has always been at the heart of creating new horizons in music. The way the industry operates can often stifle those who would see those possibilities, but given the current state of flux on that front, who knows what vistas may open before us. Though the oceans of banality can often test our patience, keeping an ear open for voices in the wilderness has its rewards.


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