Let Loose the Beating Birds
Adelaide singer-songwriter Jen Lush is known for her spacious, emotive vocals, passionate live performances and soaring, starkly modern folk songs that detour into darker pop ballads to hammer on your heart.
From her diverse artistic background in dance, theatre and electronica music in Europe and the UK, to the folk-rock decade with Cat Dog Bird, her most recent solo album The Night’s Insomnia – a collection of contemporary Australian poetry crafted into songs, has taken Jen and her stellar band to festivals and venues throughout South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Let loose the beating birds was recorded at Wizard Tone studios with her band – James Brown, Sam Cagney, Mark Seddon and Paul Angas. In this new work Jen returns to the deeply personal, taking the magnifying glass to the small idiosyncrasies and complexities of motherhood, art and life in the suburbs, whilst examining the broader environmental and political landscape of our current times.
Follow me on Spotify and add the single Black Hammer, The Seagull or Fireground to your playlists. It helps to join the dots and share the love.
Fireground is a story of dislocation between politics, spin, mis-information and our own real, vital and ongoing relationship to the natural world.
The Seagull is a small story of a boy and a bird, wrapped in a folk song, encased in an experimental soundscape, taking you to that beach and back again. It happened when I was 15 – this story as I have told it, but it could also be an allegory for humankind’s callous treatment of our natural world, as it is written in Chekhov’s play ‘The Seagull’ – ‘A man came by and killed it just to pass the time.’
“Lush’s spacious vocal gives weight to the potent imagery. ’It means letting the soft words of a hundred birds fly into you.’ Wonderful stuff.” — John Baker, The Baker Suite
“A collection of poems put to beautiful music and sung with such reverence and thoughtfulness, ‘The Night’s Insomnia’ is masterful, deep and alluring. This music is the sound of dusk descending upon the Adelaide Hills in the Summer like a cool, sheer blanket and the voice of Jen Lush is the stars that poke through it. Just beautiful!” — Khristian Mizzi
I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and culture. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.