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Reviewed by Greta Yeoman

Jordan Reyne: Mother EP

Reviewed by Greta Yeoman

Jordan Reyne: Mother EP

New Zealand-born, now London-dwelling, songwriter Jordan Reyne might draw comparisons to Feist but she’s forged her own individual sound. This 5-track EP is the second of her ‘Maiden, Mother, Crone’ EP trilogy, the opening track, Don’t Look Down, a mesmerising beginning with Laura Marling-esque tones to it. Her Celtic sounding vocals draw you in and could capture any audience with their unique sound, each song building layer upon layer as it continues to grow on you. The background to the EP trilogy, as described on her website, is ‘3 sets of songs grouped according to how women are perceived at their various life stages’. The Crone is the altering body (growing old), the Mother is the ‘public and moral body’ and the Maiden is the body constantly measured by society’s ideals and beauty. Each of the five tracks offer a different sound, with backing humming, bassy drumming and powerful guitar, all connected by Reyne’s powerful emotive vocals and lyrics. If you’re a fan of Laura Marling, Feist or Tracy Chapman check out this release from one of New Zealand’s relatively unknown international representatives. Jordan Reyne’s ‘Mother’ is simply stunning.