Photo: Anna Barczi a.k.a Lebigmou

About jenobi

With her debut album Patterns, songwriter and musician Jenny Apelmo Mattsson, aka jenobi, is now establishing herself as a solo artist. She worked for the best part of three years on this record and it was released on 18 September by the Hamburg-based Grand Hotel van Cleef label. Some songs wrote themselves quickly. Others saw several incarnations and were deconstructed, rethought and rebuilt. But they all share the new emotional darkness in jenobi’s music. Every sound has its own aesthetic value – each one beautifully textured and perfectly placed.

On the new record, Jenny Apelmo Mattsson’s distinctive and intricate arrangements come to the fore. Once she was happy with the compositions, she wrote and recorded all the guitar and bass parts herself. “I am a feminist,” she says, “and I need to feel that I can create music and art independently.” The album was produced by Jenny and her drummer Felix Roll, and recorded with co-producer Sönke Torpus, who also plays the piano on Patterns, in his newly built studio ‘The Bubble’.

Trust, commitment and inspiration: Apelmo Mattsson reflects on these feelings in her lyrics, and not for nothing is the album entitled Patterns.

“We all have certain patterns that we have developed and follow in our lives – patterns that determine how we live our lives, now and in the future. Maybe it’s because your parents behaved in a certain manner, or your childhood had a specific impact on you. And now you instinctively react in a similar way to comparable situations – again and again,” observes Apelmo Mattsson. She explores the depths of these patterns in an intensely personal and emotional way on her record. A way which, thanks to her candid, insightful lyrics, will resonate with each and every one of us.

Her live band consists of Felix Roll (drums), Lorena Clasen (keyboards) and Dorothee Möller (guitar), who deftly reproduce the intensity of the layered textures and intricate, stripped-back arrangements on stage. But before the live concerts get under way – and largely due to the current pandemic – this wonderfully touching album is now ready to be heard. It lets us get to know Jenny Apelmo Mattsson a little better and discover her thoughts on the patterns and trajectories of life. Just give yourself some time and let the beauty sink in. For an initial introduction to Patterns, Apelmo Mattsson recommends a glass of red wine or two in Eldorado, a bar in the St. Pauli district, and a favourite of many Hamburg musicians. It’s where she drew the inspiration for many of her lyrics. Here the songs will soon start to speak for themselves –­ she's sure of that. She’s probably right.


FULL LENGHT ALBUM 2020: Patterns

Produced & recorded by Jenny Apelmo Mattsson and Felix Roll together with co-producer Sönke Torpus at bubble studio.

  Vocals, Guitars & Bass: Jenny Apelmo Mattsson

  Piano & Synthezizer: Sönke Torpus

  Drums & Percussion: Felix Roll

All are songs written by Jenny Apelmo Mattsson

EP 2016: Pretty confused,

walking home with no shoes

Produced & recorded by Jenny Apelmo Mattsson

All are songs written by Jenny Apelmo Mattsson


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