Jenny Ward was probably my first real introduction to a female folk singer-songwriter. Even after breaking away from Rilo Kiley a few years ago to pursue a musical career more intimately focused, Jenny Lewis has been consistently making pleasurable and lyrically interesting music. Rilo Kiley was an indie pop dream band; it was a well balanced mix of cool LA kitsch and genuine talent and Portions for Foxes and Silver Lining were some of my earliest introductions to the seductiveness of female indie folk and I was devastated when they broke up. I listened to Rilo Kiley and the New Pornographers religiously for two years straight in university, and Lewis’s songs helped me get through a lot during those years. Lewis made her name with highly conversational indie pop that played up her keen lyrical and vocal facilities for conveying humor, sexiness, and humanity. Her songs are funny and poignant and never overbearing. Because constant soul-bearing (a symptom of many singer songwriters) doesn't always make you a more effective artist- its kind of like Tiger Woods declaring himself the champion of a mini golf course- its just not fair. Luckily Lewis rarely strays into oversharing territory, she's almost always poignantly clever. Her latest release is an exclusive track for the soundtrack of Girls called Completely not Me produced by Vampire weekend front man Rostam Batmanglij. It’s classic Lewis and it’s the perfect accompaniment to the HBO shows indie-darlings packed soundtrack. Other than Lewis’ song there are some real gems in the tracklist, including an unreleased Gigamesh remix of Cat Power’s ode to individuality, “Free”- I haven’t heard it yet but if its anything like last years Icono Pop “I Love it” which got it’s start on the HBO show, Gigamesh’s remix is sure to be a mega hit, so keep your ears open. -C
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