Placing warm and raspy vocals over a downtempo arrangement of melancholy strings, Jennifer O’Connor’s new single, “Black Sky Blanket,” almost comes off as a female fronted Sparklehorse. However, the song’s cleaner, minimalistic verses ride on slightly twangy acoustic guitars that set it a apart while defining an arc that prevents its super-slow tempo from becoming a trudge. This, on top of the genuine and evocative nature of O’Connor’s lyrics, put this song in a nostalgic and slow-burning league of its own. Listen.
Jennifer O’Connor tour dates:
02/26 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater *
02/27 – Buffalo, NY @ Babeville *
02/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre *
03/01 – Portland, ME @ State Theater *
03/03 – Lebanon, NH @ Lebanon Opera House *
03/04 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall *
03/05 – Troy, NY @ Troy Music Hall *
03/07 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Record Release Show) ^
* w/ Neko Case
^ w/ Amy Bezunartea
Jennifer O’Connor’s Surface Noise is out 3/4 via Kiam Records.