Boomkat Product Review:
Jana Hunter's incredible sophomore album 'There's No Home' really took us by surprise when it dropped back in April. From the subtle, rattling folk songs that populated her debut she had moved on in leaps and bounds, piecing together an album which has stayed embedded in our consciousness since its release, an album which in our opinion has had nowhere near the attention it deserves. Well with any luck this follow-up EP will make people take notice. Okay it might not have the recording prowess and studio trickery (those of you who heard 'There's No Home' will know how Goddamn beautiful it sounds!) but there's a charm to these simple songs which is impossible to ignore. The EP is made up of three exclusive songs taken from the album sessions, two demos of songs which later made it to the album and one acoustic version, but far from an 'odds and ends' compilation, this is a hugely enjoyable companion piece showing Hunter's sense of restraint and genuine talent for affecting, melancholy songwriting. We open with the gloriously lo-fi, sweet symphony of 'Paint a Babe' and are instantly reminded of why Hunter is one of our favourite artists at the moment, that waltzing jazziness, the easily traced path to old American folk music and that all encompassing sense of sadness that as we all know is so crucial in songwriting of this kind. The highlight of the EP is an instrumental track; 'You Will Take it and Like it' - to my mind one of the most powerful compositions Hunter has ever put her name to bringing to mind Vincent Gallo's 'When' or the windswept Americana of Bruce Langhorne's 'The Hired Hand'. Ending on a stripped down acoustic version of 'Oracle' I'm left with no doubt in my mind of Jana Hunter's undervalued genius. I implore you to give this a listen, whether you've heard her music before or not - Hunter might not have the profile of so many other artists on the scene but what she does have is the songs, and for those of us that really care, that's all that matters. Totally essential.