“When writing this EP, I was thinking about water and I was thinking about sweat. I was thinking about festival season and kick-ons galore. I was thinking about the crew out west and how the sun looks going down over the water there in summer. I felt really free then – a little buzzed, a little sideways – but free. I felt good then, and have a gracious amount of times since. Frivolous and free – like water, water, water.”
Canadian-born and Naarm (Melbourne)-based Jennifer Loveless returns one year on from her debut release Hard/Soft (Pure Space Records) with ‘Water’, a 12” EP presented by Butter Sessions. Bestowing us with five tracks of dystopian dance-floor thump, ‘Water’ is a bustling showcase of Jenn’s breadth as an artist. Reflecting on the contrast of Water with her first EP, Loveless comments: “I wanted a hard contrast to the Hard/Soft release. I always had a plan to release an energetic frivolous fun type EP after Hard/Soft. I had a feeling people might see me as an ambient producer (although I wouldn’t really categorise Hard/Soft as that), and I guess this EP, Water, is my response”.
At its core, Water is a hypercharged cetacean maelstrom of electronic music, sampling weddell seals, humpback whales, pacific walruses and water itself. ‘Water’ kicks off with the rumbling patter of Out/Under before moving into the unabating Syzygy (Scissor Me). Jenn stamps a joyful yet skittish imprint onto ECC, while fly on the wall Backroll Buddy sits on a sound bed of audio Jenn recorded at parties, capturing friends chattering and an edit of a Whitney Houston earworm she heard a DJ playing, paying ode to a night out. B L U YOU is a charming endnote; a fusion of fluorescent pop and a catchy bassline. The verdict here is that ‘Water’ allows Jennifer Loveless to prove herself truly as a jack of all trades. ‘Water’ takes shape as an engrossing palette of bold dance music.
The release is out on March 12th, available on bandcamp as a digital purchase. Listen to a preview of ‘Out/Under’ below!