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

TONIGHT! The Bear Club

Tonight we are playing at the most wonderful of all, The Bear Club. We love it there and we can’t wait to return for another magical night of live music.
Continuing our album launch tour and celebrating The Bear Club’s 5 year anniversary, it’s sure to be a great night.02.the bear 07.09.19 - uk 2019 poster

TONIGHT! Album Launch Concert

Tonight! Jenny Wren and Her Borrowed Wings celebrate the release of our third album –
The Girl On The Bike (are you the girl on the bike?)
It’s going to be a great evening of original live music, played with feeling in the wonderful setting of the upstairs drawing room of The Betsey Trotwood.

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Advance tickets are available here –

https://jennywrenandherborrowedwings.bandcamp.com/merch/ticket-for-album-launch-concert-06-sep-19-live-performance-of-the-girl-on-the-bike-are-you-the-girl-on-the-bike-at-the-betsey-trotwood