I stumbled on this nice little piece.http://www.adequacy.net/2010/04/debut-albu...andy-partridge/
Debut album from Jen Olive with Andy Partridge
April 12, 2010 by Jen Stratosphere Fanzine
Jen Olive is the latest in that select group of handpicked artists signed to Andy Partridge’s Ape House record label. Jen Olive, described by Andy as ‘’this astounding allegro algorithm from Albuquerque”, has conjured up an album that’s as singular in style as in its manner of recording, a collaboration between Jen and Andy from across the world. The result, Jen Olive’s debut album, Warm Robot, is scheduled for release Spring 2010.
Jen was born in California but “raised everywhere”; her mother was a lounge jazz singer, her father a trombone player. “We probably moved about 35 times before I was 16″, she explains. Having eventually settled in L.A., she then moved to Albuquerque a few years ago to meet her dad’s “crazy jazz” family (her uncle is the lead saxophone player for the Count Basie Orchestra).
Warm Robot is Jen Olive’s first “official” album, despite some low-key, self-released recordings in the past under different names. Jen first hooked up with Andy Partridge back in 2007, sending him an exploratory e-mail after a friend suggested he might be open to ideas. “After hearing the initial songs”, continues Jen, “Andy asked if he could arrange and mix them, as they were a little too raw and unfinished-sounding.” When she sent each new song to Andy, Jen sketched out the album’s intriguing percussion parts using rocks, wine bottles, her kid’s blocks – anything she had to hand. Andy reimagined her basic percussive techniques and then added other effects (such as a choir at the end of “Set It On Fire”), as well as some spooky keyboards here and there.
Jen Olive is a songwriter first – a singer-songwriter in the loose tradition of those classic, only recently rediscovered seventies artists such as Ruth Friedman and Judee Sill, except she’s very much in the here and now. Like Kristin Hersh or Bjork, Jen Olive’s vision is modern and unique.