JENNY OWEN YOUNGS RELEASES TRANSPORTIVE, AMBIENT ALBUM ENVISIONED TO SOUNDTRACK WILDERNESS HIKES
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5 MAY 2023 (TORONTO, ON) — Today, renowned folk artist Jenny Owen Youngs releases a transportive, ambient album OFFAIR: from the forest floor via OFFAIR Records, intended to be listened to while hiking amongst woodland greenery, or imagining oneself doing so.
The release comes off the back of glowing lead single “sunrise mtn,” tranquil “dusk”, and sun-dappled “ambrosia”, with praise from Stereogum, Cool Hunting, Our Culture, and more.
The 12-track album cycles through a 24-hour period, beginning at 7am. Each piece is designed to reflect aspects of the time it's representing, from sunrise to dusk, moonset to blue hour. The earthy, hypnotic project features collaborators Hrishikesh Hirway (host of Song Exploder), John Mark Nelson (Taylor Swift, Suki Waterhouse, Devon Cole's 'W.I.T.C.H.'), and Tancred.
Of the project, Jenny says, "My family lived in a house tucked way back into the north Jersey woods until I was thirteen. Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the forest hiking, swimming, catching frogs and fish (then letting them go), and identifying the local flora and fauna using a beat-up field guide… For this project, I wanted to create a record that feels like time spent in the forest: earthy, organic, ambient, hypnotic."
Watch golden hour “ambrosia” visualizer here
Jenny Owen Youngs is originally from New Jersey and has since made her way out to Los Angeles and up to Kittery, Maine. She has released numerous albums and EPs, including last year’s It’s Dangerous to Go Alone, and has toured worldwide with the likes of Regina Spektor, Frank Turner and Aimee Mann, among others. She recently co-wrote the chart topping, five-time platinum single “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco, as well as co-writing songs with Ingrid Michaelson, Pitbull, Briston Maroney, Shungudzo and others. Her solo music has been featured on TV shows such as “Weeds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Bojack Horseman” and has seen praise from The AV Club, The New York Times, Stereogum and NPR. Last year, Jenny wrapped up 6 years as co-host of popular podcast, Buffering The Vampire Slayer and just launched a new podcast called The eX-Files.
OFFAIR Records is a joint venture between Universal Music Canada (UMC) and Versus Creative globally distributed by UMC and Virgin Music Label + Artist Services. With a community of established artists exploring beyond their familiar sonic territories, OFFAIR’s series of releases will bring instrumental and experimental soundtracks to listener-specific environments, mental spaces and shared universal moments. The mission of OFFAIR co-founders Rishi Shah and Nate Auerbach is to create deeper experiences through music. OFFAIR is building a brand, community, and distribution system together with their partners at UMC and Virgin Music to drive intentional listening, supported by special events, partnerships and more.
from the forest floor Album art
- sunrise mtn (feat. John Mark Nelson)
- dove island (feat. John Mark Nelson)
- skylands (feat. John Mark Nelson)
- tannery falls (feat. John Mark Nelson)
- ambrosia (feat. John Mark Nelson & Hrishikesh Hirway)
- hemlock shade (feat. John Mark Nelson)
- dusk (feat. John Mark Nelson & Tancred)
- night-blooming (feat. John Mark Nelson)
- forager in the fern grove (feat. John Mark Nelson & Tancred)
- moon moth (feat. John Mark Nelson & Tancred)
- echolocation (feat. John Mark Nelson)
- blue hour (feat. John Mark Nelson)
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