words by tom johnson
photograph by kyle cunjak
There’s a long story hidden in the preceding shadows of Holiday, the beautiful new album from Jennah Barry, but perhaps the highest accolade we can pay her new work is to say that all the outside noise fades away as soon as the music begins.
Written, mostly alone, in her time at home while recovering from vocal surgery, Holiday is the follow-up to 2012’s debut LP, Young Men, and was produced by Colin Nealis – a member of the Andy Shauf-featuring Foxwarren. A sumptuous lament, new song “Big Universe” is indicative of said album’s gentle power, the aching lilt of the instrumentation an absorbing backdrop for those golden vocals to linger upon.
Shared here today, via a suitably enigmatic video, “Big Universe” is a marvellous, a song at once both playful and poignant, a quietly stirring new ballad to usher in this new decade.
“There was a period in my life where I read my horoscope no matter how goofy the source was,” Barry says of her new song. “I was circling the drain a bit and was desperate for someone to tell me what to do. The horoscope writer for US weekly did not help me with this. Big Universe is about that.
“And despite the confusion I was feeling in the song,” she continues, “I worked with three really great women on the music video and had a very life-affirming experience (something that doesn’t necessarily happen very often in the biz). We went overboard with a haze machine and created a storyline for a woman who plays big for no one.”
The new album arrives on March 27th, via Forward Music, and you can watch the new video below right now.
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