Album Review: Jen Gloeckner’s Vine “A Dreamy Filled Utopia”

Rating: A

Iowa native Jen Gloeckner introduces psychedelic-haunt and slow electronica sensation in her latest studio album effort, Vine. Spurts of trance are shown as key genre influences throughout the record and the added hints of seductive dream-pop instilled gives off a cinematic flavor.

The instrumental take in ‘Firefly (War Dance)’ transports us into a psychological thriller with amazingly built production – building and leading us into ‘Breathe’ which somewhat gives a nod to the early to mid 2000’s European electronica frenzy brought upon by international acts like Goldfrapp, Bjork and Télépopmusik.

For ‘Ginger Ale’ – listeners of Lana Del Rey and Enya might repeat this number due to its anthemic feel and flowing structure.

Songs like ‘The Last Thought’ & ‘Counting Sheep’ are the ambient-pop choices that move the record towards a sleepy and hypnotic tone. It’s until ‘Prayers’ where a subtle pace begins to pick up – then brought into an acoustic set (‘Colors’ & ‘Sold’).

Vine is a record that brings sounds that once caught the mainstream on its feet. Electronica may be only used now as a side influence, but Gloeckner makes sure to reintroduce many of its elements to listeners. There’s a nostalgic vibe definitely in place and with very well-grounded production, it’s the complete opposite of the minimalistic beats brought upon like other artists such as Lorde – but that’s what makes this album a breath of fresh air.

Written by Dannii C.

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