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It might be because she is a voracious autodidact.
Or it might be because she likes to do things the hard way.
Whatever the reason, jenn mierau chose to embark on the long and winding road of self-producing and recording
for her recent EP, Hush. She played most instruments on the release, as well as experimented with found-sound
samples and vocal layering. The result is an icy, versatile, electronic-influenced pop that highlights her sweetly sexy voice.
Jenn also brings this one-woman-band approach to her live shows where she layers live looping, beatboxing and beats
created on her vintage MPC2000 sampler, while playing Wurlitzer and singing. It’s a compelling approach to live electronic
music, with no laptop in sight. While doing numerous shows in Montreal, including POP Montreal, she’s also brought her
music to Toronto, including NXNE and Indie Music Week, as well as to Winnipeg and Southern Ontario.
Staunchly DIY, jenn counteracts her hours in the digital world by making her artwork the analog way: knitting, string art, etc.
But for this album, she took the approach one step further by rug-hooking a 14,400 stitch self-portrait, while recording a
time-lapse video of the process. The digital version of the artwork is remarkable, but the physical CD – which replicates
the entire rug, front to back and side to side – is a mini marvel! (Watch the timelapse video)
Crafting aside, jenn’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. In 2010, her song, Hum was the AmazonMP3.com Free Song
of the Day, and the Hollis P Monroe remix of the song was featured on URB.com and later released on the UK label,
Defected Records. Her latest, Hush, has felt the love of the blogosphere and print press alike. It’s also received airplay
on CBC Radio 2’s The Signal, as well as on campus stations across the country, where it broke into the top 20
on several occasions.
In the last years, jenn has also been stacking up collaborations with various labels, including Brooklyn/Montreal’s
Galactique Recordings, Montreal’s The Villa, and San Francisco’s De’fchild Recordings.
“It looks like the world has proved its need for another singer-songwriter once again, and may many ears
appreciate this truly vital record.”
(Sebastian Gahan, Verbicide Magazine)
“Hush is altogether dark yet light, eerie yet intimate, quiet yet very danceable.”
(Lateef Martin, Montreal Mirror)
“Along with the instrumental arrangements and recording done solo, Mierau’s powerful vocals make her
an undeniable force.”
(Erik Burg, One Thirty BPM)
“Jenn Mierau is a fearless experimentalist. A lush tapestry woven from beats, loops, samples, a vintage Wurlitzer
and Mierau’s indelible voice, Hush stays true to its creators roots.”
(Jen Zoratti, Winnipeg’s Uptown Magazine)
“Mierau is stunningly creative and not just musically…”
(Elena Gritzan, Toronto’s Grayowl Point)