Album Review – Rootstime – Belgium

Thanks to Rootstime.be for this review of our new album…

THE GIRL ON THE BIKE (ARE YOU THE GIRL ON THE BIKE?)
Jenny Wren And Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)

Rootstime.be
by John Van Leersum
November 2019

Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings are a trio from Suffolk and Essex, England. They have been on the road for a number of years, and The Girl On The Bike (are you the girl on the bike?) is their third album. I’ve called their music “Acoustic Goodtime Music” because it’s an amalgam of influences like the blues, old-time jazz, folk, country and soul, basically all the parts of traditional Roots music.
Jenny Wren is actually front-cover-onlinecalled Jenny Trilsbach, she plays the upright bass but more importantly she is the voice of the company, and with that she largely determines the sound, since her voice has a very distinct character, raw and powerful but also sometimes soft and whispering. The most striking feature is its vocal range, somewhat smoky and coming from the diaphragm, a bit similar to the voice of Kris Berry, and here and there, a bit of Eartha Kitt. Another defining element in the sound of the group is the resonator guitar by Ben Fisher who is also vocal, the third able participant is Ben Gallon on acoustic guitar and vocals.
All of the songs are from the different group members. One of the biggest compliments that one can give out to the group is the drive and the tremendous enthusiasm with which they bring their repertoire to the listener. The music breathes the atmosphere of the 30s and 40s, without coming across as archaic. They feel just as at home in a laidback tempo as in a swinging shuffle, so plenty of variety.
The standout track on the album is, for me, the song “Hard Blues”, a Blues that could stem from the 30s sung by Bessie Smith or Ida Cox, however, using atmosphere over volume, more in the style of Maria Muldauer, a compelling piece. Also fine is the song “Get Where It Goes”, a slow sharpener that rubs against the Blues, and in which you can clearly hear they are also instrumental, with the beautiful vibrato of the resonator guitar as the icing on the cake.

John van Leersum

Read in Dutch here – https://www.rootstime.be/index.html?https://www.rootstime.be/CD%20REVIEUW/2019/NOV1/CD19.html

4+ Stars from the Hot Wax Album Review

Thank you to the Rock Doctor for giving our new album 4+ stars on the Hot Wax Album Review this month…

THE GIRL ON THE BIKE (ARE YOU THE GIRL ON THE BIKE?)
Jenny Wren And Her Borrowed Wings
(Creature Records)
****+
Hot Wax Album Reviews
by The Rock Doctor
October 2019

Mesmerising percussion-free acoustic blues here for this trio’s 3rd album. Jenny Trilsbach (vocals, double bass), Ben Fisher (resophonic guitar, vocals) and Ben Gallon (acoustic guitar, vocals) play with an intuitive togetherness that works its way right into your heart via your ear canals. You’ll want to drink it all in.front-cover-online

Why blues and roots music that comes back from the UK seems cooler is baffling, but once again that’s the case with Girl On The Bike. Quirky title yes, but seriously excellent playing. Fine guitar work from the two Bens, and Jenny’s slinky bass lines are the back bone on which everything hangs. Her passionate vocals are the star, delivering compelling stories in a way that stick with you.

On first seeing the album cover I wasn’t sure I would like this, but it’s delightfully cool, even without drums. On songs like Balls Mad and I’m Gone they hold nothing back, and a lament like 44 Years is emotionally deep. Perhaps it’s the sparseness of the arrangement and production, the lyrics themselves, or both, but there’s an emotional darkness and weight to Girl On A Bike that will touch you. This is really good.

https://gonzookanagan.com/music-reviews-by-the-rock-doctor-oct-2019/

Take the Rock Doctor’s advice and drink in our new album here…
https://jennywrenandherborrowedwings.bandcamp.com/album/the-girl-on-the-bike-are-you-the-girl-on-the-bike

A SOUP in Canada

A SOUP found it’s way to Canada! Thank you to Earshot magazine and Steve Marlow for this review…

Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings

A Soup
Creature Records

Some wonderfully inventive things can happen when a distinctly American style of music is interpreted by non-Americans. In this case, it’s classic blues and country. Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings hail from the UK and they bring a UK folk mindset to traditional American blues, folk and country. Whereas classic blues tends to be dour and a bit depressing, Jenny Wren brings a whimsy to the country blues sound of the American past. And American country tends to be about sorrow and heartache, Wren‘s take on country is more playful and uplifting. The subject matter takes on a bit of a British tint too, with blues and country songs about sailors and creeping vines.With just two guitars, plus Jenny‘s vocals and her own upright bass, the music is minimalist but the listener rarely feels like they’re missing anything. There’s even a bit of an old-time jazz swing feel to a number of these songs. A Soup is just their second album, and it’s a satisfying and mature album overall.

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By Steve Marlow
Jan 3, 2017

http://www.earshot-online.com/reviews/DisplayReview.cfm?DiscID=181981

 

 

A SOUP review – Written in Music,NL

Thank you to Cis van Looy from Written in Music for this great four star review of A SOUP.

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JENNY WREN AND HER BORROWED WINGS – A SOUP
Cis Van Looy
07 november 2016
Written in Music, NL

Two guitars and a bass, with this ‘limited’ toolbox Jenny (Vibration Bach) Wren, an Essex native daughter, and Her Borrowed Wings fill their second recyclable cover packaged album. The acoustic guitars of Ben Gallon and Ben Fisher support the vocals of Wren, which the great bassist personally and enthusiastically grapples and cuddles in thirteen homemade songs composed alternately by Wren and Her Musical companions.

From the first song, A Sailor’s Blues you will get not only impressed that something special is going on. A Sailor’s Blues is a short rhythmic finger picking exercise that paves the way for the magnificent The Leaving, completely in the tradition of forgotten black blue ladies of a bygone age. The folky tune Until It’s Time To Go, pulls Wren’s raw vocal logo-writteninmusic_03_400x400alongside the primitive rhythm of Sick And Tired (unrelated to the eponymous song by Chris Kenner, the R & B shouter from New Orleans) the only song written from the trio together.  Particularly contagious work and that can be said of the swinging ragtime of Don’t Bring Me Down.

Invariably played with inspiration, just listen to the elaborate Sucker On The Vine. Although we listen to Jenny sing somewhere ‘This song is a lie’, we witness this diverse collection of a disarming honesty that lasts more with each listening.

Her first album Dead Man’s hat was seen here shamefully overlooked, that should not happen with A Soup.  This stripped-down piece with an inventive combination of divergent rootsy styles, reflects a timeless allure and instantly creates the perfect occasion for a tour in our region.

Read review in dutch – http://www.writteninmusic.com/roots/jenny-wren-and-her-borrowed-wings-a-soup/

A SOUP IS AVAILABLE NOW ON CD AND DOWNOAD – https://jennywrenandherborrowedwings.bandcamp.com/album/a-soup

 

 

 

 

 

A SOUP – Review – The Next Gig (NL)

A big thank you to Richard Wagenaar from The Next Gig in the Netherlands for this great review of A SOUP.

Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings – A Soup
Richard Wagenaar, The Next Gig (NL)
SEP2016
http://thenextgig.weebly.com/albums.html

As a successor for ‘Dead Man’s Hat’, the great debut album from British Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings before they had any reputation in the Netherlands is the equally beautiful ‘A Soup’. Thirteen well written and powerful songs that have a more urgent, relentless sound than the first album. The voice of Jenny Trilsbach is to fall in love. What a singer with power and rawness, but still very sensitive. FRONT COVER for Headed paperThe instrumental combination of Jenny Trilsbach on bass, Ben Gallon on the acoustic guitar and Ben Fisher on the resonator works par excellence. It gives a beautiful acoustic rhythm and blues sound. The trio brings songs with eloquence. “The Leaving” is beautiful. ‘Until It’s My Time To Go’ more than impressive. Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings thirteen beautiful songs on one weave, with a nice variety. One song swings, the other issue is sensitive. Beautiful songs like ‘Brick by Brick’, ‘Some Big Deal’ ‘This Song Is A Lie’ make ‘A Soup’ a beautiful sequel to ‘Dead Man’s Hat’ which is perhaps more accessible than ‘A Soup’, but the new album is just as strong. “The Promised Land”, closes the album and the promise is certainly kept.

Read the original review in Dutch here… Continue reading “A SOUP – Review – The Next Gig (NL)”

Dead Man’s Hat Album Review – Americana-UK

We are absolutely thrilled to have received this delightful review of our album ‘Dead Man’s Hat’ in this month’s Americana-UK magazine…

Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings “Dead Man’s Hat”

Creature Records, 2014

  • Back to Basics trio playing anglicised Americana

Jenny Wren and her Borrowed Wings are a relatively new three piece whose Spartan arrangements sound earnest and intricate in equal measure. Jenny sings and plays double bass while her Borrowed Wings, Ben Fisher and Ben Gallon, play resonator and acoustic guitars. There are eleven tracks on ‘Dead Man’s Hat’, which combine mainly Jenny’s lyrical musings on life and love while the two Bens’ dirt road sounding guitars dance with each other in the background. The individuality of each player comes across in this debut and it does not seem surprising that both Jenny and the two Bens have forged their own musical niches, alone and as part of an impressive array of artists across the Americana genre, before coming together for this record. ‘Dead Man’s Hat’ is an honest sounding record displaying three musicians at their most intuitive and sympathetic.

Matthew Boulter

Tuesday, 17th February 2015

http://www.americana-uk.com/index.php/cd-reviews/item/jenny-wren-and-her-borrowed-wings-dead-man-s-hat

http://www.american-uk.com