EVENT: Jess Harlen “Park Yard Slang” Album Launch @ Notes Live (thurs may 17)


Melbourne-based soul artist Jess Harlen debuts the breakthrough single from her anticipated full length album Neon Heartache, the initial release from the freshly launched Plethora Records. Titled “Watch The Water”, the song is the first sample of music from the heralded musical collaboration between Harlen (named ‘Best Unsigned Artist‘ at the 2007 Urban Music Awards) and 2008 ARIA Nominee and 2009 Mercury Prize Winner (for his work with Speech Debelle) Plutonic Lab.

“Watch The Water” combines the grace of acoustic melodies with solid rhythms and soulful introspection- a small teaser into Neon Heartache’s depth and poise. Included with the lead single is the album track “Diamond”, a gritty bass-driven blues number backed by midnight reflection and heartbeat tempos- a beautiful contrast to “Watch The Water.”

Produced by Plutonic Lab, Neon Heartache showcases the incredible musical talent Harlen has been harnessing for years – touring the globe with roots giants Blue King Brown as well as guesting on Muph & Plutonic‘s acclaimed 2008 album, …And Then Tomorrow Came.

Jess Harlen “Park Yard Slang” Album Launch @ Notes Live, Newtown

This Thursday, 17 May 2012. Doors open 7pm

With Supports by LISSA and Anthony Ousback

More info is on the Event invitation link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/267299363360228/
 

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Jess Harlen – Park Yard Slang (2012 LP)


She’s toured worldwide with renowned Australian roots reggae band Blue King Brown (as their former backing singer) but this year Jess Harlen has decided to focus on her own music, cooking up some fresh new tracks.

Park Yard Slang is the second album by the Melbourne based artist which was released on March 30, 2012 through Obese Records. It is evident that there has been a significant shift of events in Harlen’s music since the release of Neon Heartache, 2011 LP (through Plethora Records).

Both albums were produced by renowned award-winning producer, Plutonic Lab. Therefore with the collaboration of two talented musicians bringing out a string of various skills – not to mention Harlen’s sweet and soothing voice, it was anticipated that we’d have sheer quality. And that’s what we got!

The opening and aptly titled track “Get Ready” is an appropriate introductory song to the album. With enticing vocals and the catchy beat it is already ample to draw the listener into further exploration of Park Yard Slang. Title track “Park Yard Slang” is a nice transition maintaining the slow tempo before “Weaving”. Here the tempo slightly builds up leading into jaunty, upbeat rock style track “Let You Down”, the first single released off the album. Reggae, dancehall influenced “Plantation” features Melbourne based reggae artist RuCL.

“Colliding” is a romanticised ‘feel good’ song that seems to depict the themes of patience and beauty. “Reach Home” is an emotive; melancholic yet encouraging and promising song about being courageous, facing present fears and of the past, insecurities and worries in order to overcome them. Harlen switches to the ukulele where the listener is gently lullabied with “Day Dreamer”, followed by another encouraging and humbling track, “Up To Me”.

Then follows “Beautiful Struggle” which illustrate life as full of love, pain, disappointment and change but also encourages the listener to accept it as inevitable as it is – a beautiful struggle. One is encouraged to take the responsibility of moving forward. Finally, one could say that “Silence” is another aptly titled track to top off the album.

Overall, Harlen maintains humility in her songwriting, which are personal reflections that people can relate to. It’s a courageous and great thing to see that there is more experimentation with the incorporation of different instruments and a variety of genres including soul, acoustic, reggae, dancehall and rock influences, producing something fresh and versatile to listen to. Harlen is definitely an artist to look out for this year!

Park Yard Slang is available on iTunes, JB Hi-Fi stores and other good music stores.

Review Score: 9 out of 10


Jess Harlen’s ‘Park Yard Slang’ Tour 2012

For more information visit www.facebook.com/JessHarlenMusic

*As originally appeared on The AU Review.

Rebuilding Lives: Announcing the soulful ‘Disaster Relief’ show in Sydney


The heavy aftermath from the recent Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland and Victorian floods has been catastrophic; a multitude of lives have been lost and many years of development has been washed away within a matter of days – homes and towns completely destroyed.

However, the notions of ‘hope’ and ‘community’ coexists through this calamity; which has brought the nation together and has touched the hearts of neighbouring nations throughout the world. Thus it is through this calamity that ordinary people have come together to perform extraordinary things.

Consequently, Australian soul/urban music pioneers Jess Harlen (Melbourne) and Alphamama aka Anita Meiruntu & her band The Love Drug (Sydney) have soulfully set up a ‘Disaster Relief’ show in Sydney; to help rebuild the lives and essentially restoring souls, of our brothers and sisters in Victoria and Queensland.

There will be live music by the above artists plus more to be announced. There will also be prizes up for grabs, $4 Happy Hour drinks until 8pm and much more!

Please show your support and come along to this epic soulful Disaster Relief on Wednesday 30 March. All proceeds from the night will be donated to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLINE OR AT THE VENUE

Secure your ticket at www.moshtix.com.au | $20 at the door

Check out the flyer below for event details.

For more on the artists check out the below

www.myspace.com/jessharlen
www.facebook.com/jessharlenmusic
and;
www.ozsoulcollective.com

www.alphamama.com
www.facebook.com/​ALPHAMAMAMUSIC
www.reverbnation.com/​alphamama
and;
www.ozsoulcollective.com

* as seen on The AU Review