"If being “a writer” extends to words spoken or sung, Cloher is one of Australia’s best." - The Guardian.
"Cloher’s economical, engaging lyrics are beautiful in their intimacy – breathtakingly so. This is a very gifted songwriter." - The Saturday Paper.
"Jen Cloher’s been overdue wider recognition for a decade or more, and her latest album may well prove to be the vehicle that enables her to achieve it." - London In Stereo.
“It’s self-titled.” The three-word answer is all that Jen Cloher requires to describe her new album, a letter in triplicate addressed to themes of Music, Australia and Love. It’s the most honest album she’s ever written. Jen likes best to tell the truth.
Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as the punk-rock figurehead of Melbourne’s famous DIY music scene. The NIDA graduate is now an outspoken advocate for artist rights, a label boss and band-leader, she also happens to be the partner of an internationally acclaimed songwriter. Cloher’s politics and her fascinating life-story are enough justification to take notice here, but it’s the music that will have you returning to this album again and again.
Cloher says: “It’s a classic rock album, recorded live in one room with minimal overdubs… I’m not too good at going into descriptive language around my own music but I suppose it is intimate without ever feeling too precious.”
The bulk of Cloher’s album was recorded in October 2016 by Greg Walker amidst the rolling greenery of rural Australia. The band that first played together on Cloher’s acclaimed third album, the Australian Music Prize nominated In Blood Memory, are now bold and assured. These are songs of distance and songs of driving, they are split here and there by the melodic intricacy of guitarist Courtney Barnett while drummer Jen Sholakis and bassist Bones Sloane add weight and space, playing only what is needed, leaving room for the songs to breathe, transform and soar.
The record was completed in March 2017 with Tom Schick at Jeff Tweedy’s famous ‘Loft’ Studios in the depths of Chicago’s winter.
Artwork by Minna Leunig
Brand new Milk! Records stock arrived this month. Our first ever beanie and scarf plus a warm hoody for the chilly Melbourne winter. Milk! hats are back in stock by popular demand. Vinyl slipmats designed by the talented Celeste Potter (two designs!) The classic Milk! logo tshirt is now available in twice as many colours. And a strong tote bag to carry all your groceries (say no to plastic!) Get shopping by clicking on the picture.
In the 1990's poker machines were installed at the Coburg RSL but they had a short lived stay. Members rejected them as a means of raising money and instead turned to strengthening their membership base by teaming up with a nearby Hot Rod club. More recently a local knitting mill provided an alternative income source by making Coburg RSL the Victorian distributor of ANZAC themed scarves. In the spirit of keeping this unique venue alive, Milk! Records are making the Coburg RSL their home for the first three Wednesdays in July - the 5th, 12th & 19th.
Mystery line-up each week. Including some sort of combination of Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Fraser A. Gorman, Loose Tooth, Ouch My Face, East Brunswick All Girls Choir, and Hachiku
Get down early for CHEAP BEER "Whet Yer Whistle Wednesdays" 4-7pm. There will be a VEGIE SOUP KITCHEN available for $5 a cup from 7pm. Doors 7pm. Music starts 7:30pm. Coburg RSL can be found at 323 Sydney Rd, Coburg. Poster by the incredible Steph Hughes. More info here.
Pre-sale tickets here if still available, otherwise first in, best dressed on the night!
Catch Hachiku every Sunday afternoon from 5pm in the Tote front-bar for FREE. More info here. And if you haven't already picked up the brand new digital Hachiku self-titled EP you can get it here.
4th June with Jarrow & HEXDEBT.
11th June with Gumboot & slimbillgates
18th June with Doona Waves & Lehmann B Smith
25th June with BABY BLUE & Real Feelings
There is a handful of Split Singles Club packages left on the shelf. Extreme Limited Edition 7" Vinyl featuring Courtney Barnett, Blank Realm, Cable Ties, Jade Imagine and more... Order Here. Split Singles Club is a vinyl subscription curated by Milk! Records and Bedroom Suck Records. All artwork by Steph Hughes.