Thursday, June 19, 2014

Music: The Return of Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis in a custom airbrushed suit by Adam Siegel and inspired by Gram Parsons. Photo by Autumn de Wilde, styled by Shelley Kurata.

It's hard to believe it's been six years since former Rilo Kiley frontwoman and perennial indie darling Jenny Lewis released her last solo album, 2008's Acid Tongue. Her new album, The Voyager, is due out on July 29th and has been a long four years in the making.

Lewis was enduring tough times after the loss of her father in 2010, telling Spin magazine that she felt "completely rudderless," and wasn't sure what to do after she was left without her father or her band. She wasn't sleeping and "couldn't get it together," which Adams was able to help with. They connected when she direct messaged him on Twitter and asked to record a song in his new studio -- but one song quickly became the whole album.
The yield from that first session, the AM Gold-dusted "She's Not Me," was so potent that Lewis agreed to record the rest of The Voyager under Adams' tutelage. His no-frills producing philosophy — "You do it live and you don't look back," according to Lewis — made for quick work. After years of difficulty, the ex-Rilo Kiley leader had banked the majority of her third solo LP in little more than a week's time.

"I was so afraid of myself as an artist," she says. "I had forgotten how to do the thing that I love doing. And [Adams] agitated me just enough to get a performance out of me. I let him into my songs, and I let him rearrange parts... I was totally open because I was desperate." (Source)
I personally am so glad for the return of Jenny Lewis. She also scored the upcoming Dakota Fanning/Elizabeth Olsen drama Very Good Girls. Listen to Lewis's WNYC live session, featuring two new tracks: "Just One of the Guys" and "The Voyager" and an oldie, but goodie -- "Rise Up With Fists."

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