Following fresh in the tracks of her 2007 debut Batten the Hatches (which earned Youngs a record deal with Nettwerk and a song on the popular TV series “Weeds,” among other highlights), Jenny Owen Youngs’ newest release Transmitter Failure begins with a knowing nod to the past — in the ukulele, double bass, and jaunty percussion of the 40-second intro, “First Person” –before quickly launching ahead into the album’s next track, “Led to the Sea,” a powerful rock/pop single aimed in a brand new direction. Jenny pulls off the transition without missing a beat. One listen will have you believing this is the kind of music she’s been making all along.
For Transmitter Failure, Jenny calls on her long-time producer friend Dan Romer (Batten the Hatches, Ingrid Michaelson, The Woes) to create a lush aural landscape populated by gut-thumping bass lines, electric guitars, sunny keys, booming horns, digital drum tracks and even flute, glockenspiel and a full string section at times (borrowed straight from the pit of award-winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening). Deeply enmeshed in a scene of gifted young indie musicians and songwriters, Jenny and Dan looked to fellow Brooklyners Chris Kuffner (Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Jim Bianco), Bess Rogers (The Age of Rockets, The Robot Explosion), Meredith Godreau (Gregory and the Hawk), Ben Kalb (New Pornographers, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson), Saul Simon-MacWilliams (Chris Garneau, The Age of Rockets) and Adam Christgau (Tobias Froberg, The Woes) to collectively contribute bass, guitars, drums, vocals and strings on multiple tracks.
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