Thursday, November 30, 2006

Jana Hunter

I'm late to the game on this one; Texan Jana Hunter has appeared on the Golden Apples of the Sun comp and done a split with Devendra Banhart. What's more, of the four songs posted on her MySpace, I can't really get past one, "Got No Home", apparently not on an existing release. She's got a new EP and album coming this spring, though, and this better be on one of them.

If you miss the miss the woozy, lo-fi intimacy of 90s Cat Power and Smog, you couldn't do much better than this track. There are lyrics, but the androgynous vocals spill out with such honest feeling, and the production is so close-in claustrophobic, that any meaning drawn from the words are secondary, picked out after the sounds have long done their work on you, leaving you in something of a wistful stupor. It's takedown by phoneme.

You can pick up her debut album Black Unstaring Heirs of Doom here and see her December west-coast tour dates over here. She's also done a few music lists worth reading, for Pitchfork and Discollective. And you can listen to her interview at Indie Interviews and download an MP3 of the excellent "Restless" here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jana Hunter is fantastic, have you checked out Red Hunter (no relation) yet? He releases music under the moniker Peter and the Wolf, his new album "Lightness" is fantastic, him and Jana tour alot together, they did a sail boat tour with Ray Raposa of the Castanets earlier this year. Very good stuff going on. Also, if you are into that check out the Weird Weeds, The Theater Fire, and Viking Moses. All very good stuff.

Anonymous said...

Jana Hunter is fantastic, have you checked out Red Hunter (no relation) yet? He releases music under the moniker Peter and the Wolf, his new album "Lightness" is fantastic, him and Jana tour alot together, they did a sail boat tour with Ray Raposa of the Castanets earlier this year. Very good stuff going on. Also, if you are into that check out the Weird Weeds, The Theater Fire, and Viking Moses. All very good stuff.

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