I get the warm and fuzzies whenever Jenny Lewis‘s voice comes on.
In true form, I got them when I listened to NPR’s First Listen of The Voyager (out July 29 via Warner Bros Rec) for the first time last night.
She’s perfected the art of nostalgia, in my books.
Though it wasn’t the first show I’d been to, seeing Rilo Kiley live was probably the first show that moved me. (I know, “ew ugh gross”–BUT IT DID! It really did make an impact.) It was Sam’s first show ever, and she, Hannah, and I went downtown right after school (backpacks and all) and ended up pretty much front row centre. It’s the one concert I never forget I went to, and it’s always one that I bring up if anyone asks me for my dreaded “best of” list. If you know me at all, you know that I am incredibly indecisive. Like, the kind of indecisive that finds me standing in front of the toothbrush section for a good 2 minutes trying to figure out if I want to switch brands or if I want the soft or medium bristles this time or if I need a brush with a tongue cleaner; the kind that waits until the last hour of the last day of university acceptance to choose which university I’m going to spend the next 4 years of my life.
So the fact that Jenny Lewis is a steady for me is a pretty big deal. Jenny in all her forms: Rilo Kiley, with the Watson Twins, with Johnathan Rice. Whatever. As long as she’s involved. Obviously, there are certain albums I prefer to others (for me, Under the Blacklight is the tiniest blip in her catalogue), but hey, that’s human nature and the constant progression of an artist, and I’m down for the ride.
Faves on first listen: “Head Underwater,” “She’s Not Me,” “The New You,” “Aloha & the Three Johns”
On another note: “Slippery Slope” sounds so much like “Under the Blacklight” it’s a bit startling on first listen. So many thoughts ran through my mind: Was in intentional? Perhaps a call back? It had to be a conscious decision right? Right?
I leave you with the video for “One of the Guys,” the first single off the record. Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson, and Academy Award winner (?!?!?) Anne Hathaway are in it. It’s… yeah.