Jen Olive - Warm Robot (4 stars)

Jen Olive - Warm Robot


Putting the quirky into Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Jen Olive creates a delightfully skewed folk-pop hybrid that matches Marina Diamandis robot for robot and has hooks to spare. A typical Olive track takes a hypnotically repeated acoustic guitar pattern, layers it with gorgeous vocal harmonies – somewhere between Liz Fraser and Björk – before breaking out into a chorus so catchy you’ll forget most music ain’t made this way. Self-recorded with percussive additions by XTC’s Andy Partridge, himself no slouch in the offbeat pop department, Warm Robot ranges from the melt-in-the-mouth indecision of ‘Pieces’ to the tender heartbreak of ‘Here I Go’ and is all quite, quite lovely.

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