Jen Cloher – Dark Art

• “Dark Art” original music video. Thanks to milkrecordsmelbourne.

8.2 “Fantastic Songwriter from Australia”

From her fourth album “Jen Cloher” released in August, 2017, on Milk! Records, the label she co-founded with her life partner, Courtney Barnett. Printed lyrics come with every edition of the album “because it’s about the lyrics. The tunes are secondary. It’s a classic rock album, recorded live in one room with minimal overdubs… I’m not too good at going into descriptive language around my own music but I suppose it is intimate without ever feeling too precious.

Press release:

‘Jen Cloher’ is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as the punk-rock figurehead of Melbourne’s famous DIY music scene. The NIDA graduate is now an outspoken advocate for artist rights, a label boss and band-leader, she also happens to be the partner of an internationally acclaimed songwriter. Cloher’s politics and her fascinating life-story are enough justification to take notice here, but it’s the music that will have you returning to this album again and again.

“Dark Art” closes the set and, although it’s not representative of the album’s laid-back indie-rock sound, it does put the accent firmly on her poeticism, moving one YouTube commentator to label her Leonard Cohen in female form which made me laugh-out-loud knowingly.

Loving you is like a dark art
Loving you is like a dark art
Somewhere between head and heart
We’re together miles apart

Maybe that’s why love is blind
Maybe that’s why love is blind
If we knew what we would find
Maybe that’s why love is blind

The other side to love’s joy is shadow
Jealousy, fear, loss, anger, sorrow
If we never stay to sit in love’s shadow
A part of you will always be hollow

Loving you is like a bright star
Loving you is like a bright star
You seem closer than you are
Loving you is like a bright star

Heard on Rocker’s September 2017 show on Dandelion Radio.

Get it at Bandcamp.

2019-10-12