In 2006 Jen released her debut album Dead Wood Falls as Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea, garnering an Aria nomination for Best Female Artist. A twist of events saw Jen relocate to New Zealand for two years where she continued to write. After a brief hiatus she returned to Melbourne enlisting the talents of Laura Jean, Biddy Connor and Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins) and recorded her second album Hidden Hands (2009).
In 2010 The Endless Sea disbanded and Jen took time out to experiment with new sounds, returning in 2013 with her third album In Blood Memory. With Courtney Barnett on guitar, Bones Sloane on bass and Jen Sholakis on drums In Blood Memory is regarded by many as her strongest work to date. It was nominated for Australia’s most prestigious music award, the Australian Music Prize in 2013.
“I gave In Blood Memory a 3 ½-star review in July and wrote: “Jen Cloher sounds fed up. Sick to death of all the posers, all the rote indie rock, all the twee folk fops.” I was wrong, it’s better than 3 ½ stars, it’s a rattlesnake that backs you into a corner and is just about to strike … but then transmogrifies into a calla lily.” ****1/2 Herald Sun.
“Jen Cloher’s third record is a short, sharp look at her continuously evolving style, this time evoking vivid musical pictures of the Velvet Underground and Crazy Horse. As usual though, it’s a record that sees her voice strong and true, her songwriting sharp, a musician at the top of her game.” Rolling Stone.
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