Love was a battlefield, but with Honeymoon Punch, Jenn Grant raises the white flag high. It’s time for peace, but not for quiet. Honeymoon Punch is a spiked Love Potion No. 9, a frisky concoction of spirited, synth-sweetened songs balanced with muted, natural elements – between “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and Radiohead’s In Rainbows.
On the shore of Lake Deception, Nova Scotia, producer and beau Daniel Ledwell (In-Flight Safety), and a cast of familiar characters (Kinley Dowling, David Christensen, Sean MacGillivray, Mike Belyea) reprised their Echoes roles and traded a few seats to make an album that explores the ups and ups of happiness. Exchanging misery for ecstasy in matters personal and musical, Honeymoon Punch drives the dark clouds away.
Jenn Grant arrived on the scene in full technicolour with her debut Orchestra for the Moon (2007). The album, recorded at CBC Halifax, fused Jenn’s intuitive songcraft with a core of talented musicians who shaped and informed the creative instincts of this emerging talent.
Orchestra for the Moon earned immediate attention, a deal with Six Shooter Records and a place atop the East Coast scene, famous for its fictional dreamers and its real world songbirds. Early tours with The Weakerthans and Hayden introduced the rest of Canada to this 2006 East Coast Music Award winner for Best New Artist, a fine arts graduate with a voice like brushstrokes on a canvas.
Jenn brought her band and producer/composer Jonathan Goldsmith (Bruce Cockburn) to Puck’s Farm in Southern Ontario to make the follow up, Echoes (2009). The album was a retreat from the city, a departure from modern record-making conveniences, and a recoiling from recent heartaches and breaks. Jenn pressed her wounds to analogue tape, and Echoes is a haunting and melancholic artifact of process and mood. The album topped the CBC Radio 3 chart (March, 2009) and found places on year-end Earshot and ChartATTACK lists as well. In 2009, Jenn performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, headlined the Cultural Olympiad Canadian Tour and showcased during Grammy Week, ECMA, CMW, SXSW and NXNE.
Songs from both records have been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, Mercy, Shattered and Heartland. Jenn has performed across Canada, the US and Europe, with Hawksley Workman, Martin Tielli, Barenaked Ladies and others. Her albums have received East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia award nominations.
Born and raised on Prince Edward Island, Halifax-based Jenn Grant embodies the naked melancholy of roots, and the shimmering effervescence of vintage AM pop. Grant has toured Europe with the pop orchestral band The Heavy Blinkers and as a solo artist. She has also played at the Toronto Film Festival and was asked to open for Feist & Josh Ritter. She has also shared the stage in intimate venues on several occasions with the likes of Julie Doiron and Ron Sexmith.
Orchestra for the Moon, Grant’s 2007 debut was recorded at CBC’s studio H in Halifax, and produced by the Heavy Blinkers’ David Christensen and Jason MacIsaac, and features contributions by Matt Mays, Jill Barber, and Cuff the Duke’s Dale Murray. Two years ago she released her follow up, Echoes. An unintentional breakup record, the honest admissions showed fans that Grant was not only growing as a songwriter, she was undoubtedly writing to help heal the hurt.
According to her label, on her January 11th release, “producer and beau Daniel Ledwell (In-Flight Safety), and a cast of familiar characters (Kinley Dowling, David Christensen, Sean MacGillivray, Mike Belyea) reprised their Echoes roles and traded a few seats to make an album that explores the ups and ups of happiness.”
Grant’s CD release tour is making a stop at The Aeolian on Thursday, February 17th. Tickets are $20 advance, $22 at the door, and $15 with a student card. Advance tickets are available at The Aeolian Box Office, 795 Dundas St. E.