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Jennah Barry - Dance Movie - On Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday September 22, 2012

On this Saturday's edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' we'll have two features on two new recordings. Jennah Barry's 'Young Men', and Dance Movie's 'Interlopers'
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It takes you by surprise; within the first minute of her debut album Young Men, Jennah Barry's mellifluous voice swoops in unassumingly and sweeps you into awave of warm, swirling tones--a stark contrast to the circumstances in which they were borne.
Originally from coastal Clearland, Nova Scotia, Jennah Barry did what many gifted small-town musicians do and made the move to Toronto in 2006. Though engaged in music, a pianist first, she studied jazz there, while also lending her voice to orchestral poppers The O'Darling, Barry grew sad and reclusive from acombination of homesickness and heartache. So she wrote. She wrote songs of vulnerability, dovetailed with wistfulness. But to sing these songs, she'd need to tap into boldness lost, so she quit the big city the day after her graduation and returned to the South Shore. It took a while but, in her natural element, the moxie came back.
'Young Men' wavers between dreamily bucolic and quietly haunting. With vocals that glide triumphantly over a period of bleak times, Jennah Barry's debut is at times lush, at times minimal, but always captivating.
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Using Regina Spektor's four-producer Far approach and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps" as a thesis song, Dance Movie gathered three guides and a bunch more friends into spending a few mild winter days bowing guitars, squeezing accordions and singing doo-wop lines across 11 indie-pop songs. Inspired by the heartfelt-yet-sharp songwriting of Jenny Lewis, Brian Fallon, John K. Samson and Tori Amos, it begins quietly, at first blush, and just as quietly at failure, with the crush-to-rejection spectrum lying between. They called this recording 'Interlopers', for all the other people who don't end up where they thought they would. Produced in three parts by Matt Charlton (the experimenter), Amelia Curran (the folk diarist) and Jenn Grant (the pop maven), Interlopers is for sad sacks and hopeful dreamers, dancers and sleepers, lovers and haters--their rights, but mostly their wrongs.

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