WelcomeYou have reached the official pages of Jordan Reyne; an eccentric, experimental and genre bending musician whose releases include dark folk/ industrial/ electronic/ gothic folk and steampunk.
Hailed by Radio New Zealand as the author of a new sound, Jordan's music is a mix of acoustic loops, bloodthirsty celtic vocals, machines, found sounds, and the stories that surround them. According to The Mix (UK) "It is hard to categorise music this original - PJ Harey springs to mind, but the style is 100% Jordans... Her vocals are astounding".
Despite the fact that no two albums are entirely the same, presses internationally have come up with descriptions to lend a hand - from "industrial-tinged folk rock" and “antipodean steampunk” (Children of a Factory Nation and How the Dead Live), to "Urban found sound meets celtified electronica" (The Annihilation Sequence and Passenger) to "creepy, dark industrial" (The Ironman and Birds of Prey) and "Experimental sci fi for the criminally existential" (The Loneliest of Creatures):
The constant is Jordan's penchant for blending the synthetic with the organic;. Her love of found sound spans everything from transport noise to machinery to the electromagnetic signals of the planets rendered into audible form. Her love of story takes her from real and researched tales of the industrial revolution, to distant fictional futures where mankind has ceased to exist. Her distinctive vocals are at the centre, with a passionate delivery that ranges from the bloodthirsty to the delicate.
But of course, the best thing to do is to listen and find out for yourself!
Jordan's live shows are a feat in live looping; a one woman show blending environmental sounds with the synthetic. A mix of acoustic loops, celtic melodies and machine sound rhythms recorded live in the moment, "Her live shows are nothing short of amazing" (Massey University, New Zealand).
Her penchant for dark humour and lyricism draws the listener into a web of story; a milieu of melody and harmony punctuated by machine rhythms and organic percussion.
Almost all of Jordan's albums tell a story. Children of a Factory Nation (2011), is set in the Industrial Revolution; a time when the lives of workers were turned upside down by the invention of new machines. How the Dead Live (2009), an Arts Council commissioned work, tells the tale of one of New Zealands first pioneer women and her struggle with the character History not to be overlooked.
“My own ancestors are coalminers from Bleanavon, Wales. We know a lot of them died in the mines, or lived very hard lives in the employ of large corporations”
Jordan's upcoming album The Annihilation Sequence, centres on the challenges of modern city life - the encounters with the self absorbed, the struggle not to be seduced by flash and glamour and the cult of self, and the power of people set on advancement to destroy one another.