Vancouver’s Jody Glenham took a big step when she recorded her latest EP, Dreamer. The songstress boldly went to LA for a month after connecting with producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives, The Parson Red Heads) via Twitter. Part of the appeal was Richards’ own experience with folk and country through his band Brian Jonestown Massacre, which she hoped would hone her own budding folk sound.
It’s a move that paid off, even if it did mean heading south to record Dreamer. Glenham’s throaty vocals pack a punch as she channels country idol Patsy Cline while infusing each track with a modern indie feel. The balance makes for a folksy album with wide appeal, with Glenham’s voice powerful enough to break down genre distinctions.
The smooth, emotive opener “Between You and Me” is the perfect set up for what’s to come as Glenham—who handled most of the instrumentals on the EP—eases into the country elements of the album through the guitar and drum beat while her voice captures the dreamer feel of the title.
Towards the end, “Between You and Me” continues to transition over to a folk feel, with the steel guitar strings ringing out and Glenham’s voice picking up over the chorus. It sets up“Forever The Affair,” which embraces its storytelling rhythm followed by a stripped-down clapping beat.
On “He Has Your Name,” Glenham proves that working with Richards really helped her tap into that Southern feel—her voice takes on the slightest twang singing about trouble as the strings of the guitar are plucked mournfully. It’s an evolution that can be felt throughout the EP as she transitions between genres and displays a graceful sense of nuance in each.
That ability to transition is felt heavily on “Quick American,” which thematically feels like something out of a western. But the instrumentation—dark and clean, is more in line with Glenham’s quiet, somber vocals and hypnotic howling. It’s a non-traditional take on the genre that sees Glenham fusing her interests for a mesmerizing three and a half minutes.
Glenham strikes a note in the middle as she closes off the EP with titular “Dreamer.” The end result leaves you feeling transported—both by Glenham’s haunting vocals on the final track and the overall feel of the album, a gentle experimentation that turns composition into craft.
Top Track: “Quick American”
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)