At first, the songs by the Swedish-born artist Jenny Apelmo Mattsson seem to be laden with contrasts and paradoxes. They are angry and tender, vibrant and melancholic, sombre and euphoric at the same time. In the second track, "Turn Off The Light," a suppressed rage can befelt heroically fighting its way through the solemn darkness, while "Mad Sad Crazy" radiates casual emotional detachment. In her lyrics, Jenobi confronts hurdles with a vulnerable serenity. The melancholy of the music is complemented by her honest, stark andreflective lyrics. The tension created by the contrasts in her feelings and her songs grabs the listener immediately with the veryfirst chord.
The entire record has a beautiful, handcrafted feel with a sound that ispure and sincere. Jenobis delicate yet sometimes growlingly distorted electric guitar combines in perfect symbiosis with her lively basslines. Her throaty tender vocals sweep us away into amagical musical world of Scandinavian melancholy that oozes yearning and emotion.
Her electronic playfulness reminds us of Lykke Li. And by fusing indiepop and folk sounds she gives a little nod to Big Thief and Feist."Patterns" captivates with its direct honesty. It exudes anatural empathetic strength. The contrasts create something new. Genuinely Jenobi. There are no contradictions.
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