Who needs a fancy, big budget recording studio when you can record a thing of beauty like Jen Gloeckner’s new album VINE all while never leaving your bedroom? Yes, I am serious and I also find it hard to believe but it’s true. Her bedroom recorded diary of songs is a very intimate and captivating look into this talented artist and it’s truly a thing of beauty. If Stevie Nicks and The Cocteau twins had a love child, it just might be Gloeckner in all her glory. I love to turn all of the lights off, light a few candles, put my headphones on and just escape with this new album. It will take you on quite a journey with its vast array of colors used from Gloeckner’s musical palette that she paints from. VINE is the follow-up to her 2010 album Mouth of Mars and it is well worth the wait. It was released last month and it has been wowing fans and critics alike all around the world. It even has an appearance from John Ashton who happens to play in one of our all-time favorite bands The Psychedelic Furs. We sat down with Gloeckner recently and tossed a few questions her way as we peeled back the curtains to learn a little more about this very talented lady.
Ok, I feel a bit deprived since I am new to the world of Jen Gloeckner and the amazing art that you are creating. I had no idea that you’ve had two other albums released as well. For all of us newbies, exactly who is Jen Gloeckner?
Jen Gloeckner: I’m still trying to figure that out! I guess I’m just a woman with a drive create music, whether I want it or not.
When did you have that first magical connection with music?
I’ve always loved music, even as small child. My mother tells me that in church as a toddler I would yell “more music” when a song ended.
It blows my mind to think that something as amazing as your album ‘Vine’ was recorded in your bedroom. You’re pulling my leg, right?
Haha, nope, it’s true! It was all recorded in my bedroom, besides a vocal track from Angela Gail Mattson and Henry Padovani, and some guitar tracks by John Ashton, which I am guessing were home recorded as well.
I love the Psychedelic Furs and I know that you have worked with John Ashton on his solo project. I am curious as to how the connection with him was initially made.
We hooked up on Facebook a few years ago. At the time he was recording his Satellite Paradiso record, and I was fortunate enough to have him ask me to contribute to a few songs. John is a super cool guy, and I will always be appreciative of him.
Is there any song on this new album that hits home a little harder than others?
When I write a record, usually each song at the time it is conceived is kind of groundbreaking for me, so every song has a spot in my heart. But there is something a little extra special to me with “The Last Thought”.
I’m also curious as to how the connection with Henry Padovani was made.
I hooked up with Henry years ago, in the Myspace days, I don’t recall exactly how. At the time he had just recorded the wonderful song “Welcome Home Sweet Home”, with Sting and Stuart Copeland. We were planning on Henry coming to the US, and recording a new version of the song with me for my Mouth of Mars record, but there were scheduling conflicts or something, and it never happened. While writing “Row With The Flow”, I started hearing a cool low Leonard Cohen backup vocal, and knew Henry was just the guy for the job.
It’s been seven years since your last album Mouth of Mars was released and I had read that it took so long because of a serious hip/back injury. I’m not sure of that’s something that you want to talk about, but I do hope everything is ok now.
Yeah, a few years ago I started having severe sciatica in my right leg. It kept me down for over two years, it was a really bad time. It has greatly improved, but is still in the background, so I have to be careful how long I sit, walk, or anything else that might waken it.
Vine is getting great reviews from fans and critics all around the world. Has that surprised you and are there any areas that have been responsive that caught you off guard?
Yeah, I would say I am a bit surprised, because I really do not try to appeal to the mainstream. For the most part, I try to keep my songs stripped of anything to gimmicky or poppy sounding, so people usually either love it or hate it.
Any chance of live dates in the near future?
Yeah, I am hoping to do some kind of a tour, maybe later this year.
I described this album and your sound/voice as Stevie Nicks meets The Cocteau Twins. Who were some artists that you cut your teeth on early into your formative years?
Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Christy Moore are probably the artists I listened to the most in my younger days.
If you could bring back any musician and do a duet with them, who would it be and what song?
Ray Price and the song would be “I Believe”. He did a version of the song on his final record that I love!
I see that our time is about up, so is there anything you’d like to close with?
Just stay true to yourself, and as you say, “Do it with passion or not at all.”
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