Jenny Berkel’s voice is saturated with sentiment and strength. Like a storm cloud, brooding and sometimes ominous yet lighter than air and softer than silk, her singing wafts overhead on “Half Dream”, weaving into and out of consciousness as she navigates the hallways between wake and sleep. Spare instrumentation punctuates the tension and anxiety of finding oneself lost in memories and second-guessing what’s real, what’s imagined, and what’s a dream.
There is a restlessness to Berkel’s lyrics that hints at the shifts and changes one can expect on her next collection of songs, Pale Moon Kid, of which “Half Dream” is the opener. Doors–both metaphorical and literal–get rattled and walked through, opening onto scenes and situations that experienced before, but you get the sense that, by the time it ends, Berkel is on the threshold of somewhere (or someone?) new.
“The songs on this album come from different homes across Canada,” says Berkel, My life and the stories surrounding me were constantly and quickly changing. This shifting landscape of geography and people finds its home on Pale Moon Kid.”
Pale Moon Kid, produced by Daniel Romano, is scheduled for release April 15 on Pheromone Records.Tags: Jenny Berkel