|Sub Pop has just released new singles by Julia Jacklin, Le Ren, and Ohmme as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 5. The three singles are available to Singles Club subscribers as limited-edition 7” singles (subscriptions are nearly sold-out!), and are available now at all digital music services.
[Cover Art photography by @nick_mckk]
Julia Jacklin: [Listen Here] On “to Perth, before the border closes,” Australian singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin copes with an extended period of transience. In her words: “I’ve moved around a lot the last 5 years; chasing things, love, work, something new, whatever and there’s always this fear that I’m leaving good things behind just to go somewhere else and be lonely. Whispering “everything changes” to myself helps get me to sleep at night.” B-side “Cry” is a Dolly Parton-inspired stream-of-consciousness, featuring Perth musicians Jennifer Aslett, Chris Wright, and Jacob Diamond; it was recorded by her old friend and housemate Ryan Brennan, who nine years ago was the first person to record her music. You can watch the video for “to Perth, before the border closes” which was directed by Julia Jacklin here.
[Cover Art photography by @coteypope]
Le Ren: [Listen Here] Represented by the prestigious record label Secretly Canadian, Le Ren (moniker of Montreal-based artist Lauren Spear) was introduced to US audiences last year when she opened for Orville Peck on his national tour. This summer she released her debut EP Morning & Melancholia. Lauren has studied folk and bluegrass going back to her early teens, partaking in workshops all over North America. Growing up on Nexwlélexm/Bowen Island, she was raised on the holy trinity of John Prine, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Their curious, deadpan and cosmic approach to life’s most brutal swipes feed Le Ren’s sensibilities, and her own lyrical couplets are as simply put as they are devastating.
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Ohmme: [Listen Here]
There’s obvious chemistry emanating throughout Ohmme’s music that’s so tangible it can only come from a decades-spanning friendship. Songwriters Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart formed their unbreakable bond performing throughout the fringes of Chicago’s many interlocking communities, collaborating with titans from the city’s indie rock, hip-hop, and improvised worlds. The two formed Ohmme in 2014 as an outlet to explore an unconventional approach to their instruments. “That’s the whole genesis of the band: us walking up to our guitars and saying, ‘how can we make this noisemaker do something different?’” says Cunningham. Their 2016 self-titled debut EP took these experiments live and showcased the band’s vocal interplay that is another key to their songs. The full-length follow up, Parts, found the duo adding a drummer, Matt Carroll, and expanding their sound; Spin wrote: “Ohmme’s aesthetic universe has the cramped intimacy of a small rehearsal space, and they are its masters. Anything they can squeeze inside—swirling baroque vocal melodies, punchy punk power chords, three-minute rockers and dreamlike chamber-pop suites—ends up sounding like Ohmme.” Their latest album, Fantasize Your Ghost, was released in June of 2020 and found the band featured in outlets such as Premier Guitar and Uncut with songs that capture more closely the band’s live show