“may just be making the most important sound of this year. ...simply stunning. A thoroughly unique work of art from start to finish... Whether by hook or crook, you MUST own this album. RATING - 5 / 5” BBC Channel 4 (UK)
"It is hard to categorise music this original - PJ Harey springs to mind, but the style is 100% Jordan's... Her vocals are astounding".The Mix (UK)
"...original, dark, and very, very powerful" - Brass Goggles (UK)
"Fantastic. A work of art... rarely would I so strongly recommend you buy an album" Celtic Rock (Germany)
“One of this country's most gifted, probing and intelligent writers. A dark, emotionally intense and musically arresting concept album... delivered in lean poetry and electrifying folk-noir. An impressive achievement” - Graham Reid, Elsewhere (New Zealand)
“[The Loneliest of Creatures] is one of the best dark ambient pieces of music ever to have come out of New Zealand. It is also, in many ways, a triumph that Reyne’s previous works have been leading up to: a thoroughly emotional and moving piece of sound art which deserves wide exposure.” - FIEND Magazine (Australia)
“...she’s shrewd, has a history and keeps on going, with a weird mind and stories that evoke photographic snapshots... impeccably measured vocals that have a delightful timbre of mischief... a beautiful, perverse album, which will reap further rewards the more you allow it to.” - Mick Mercer (UK)
“Husky and thoughtful female vocals ride over a wide-ranging alternative spectrum of sound, from rock and acoustic guitars, to mellow and haunting synths. That said, this sound is distinct, with Jordan’s vocals being able to reach any scale, no matter what the music around her may be doing, making for a varied listening experience. This is what the scene needs – more bands willing to give something new a go, and [Jordan] seems to be amongst those leading the way” - Hard Wired (UK)
"Astounding; you can hear Susannah heartache and hear her tormented breathing... her lyrics are powerful.. the instrumentation excellent.. This album is nothing short of remarkable" Rip it Up (New Zealand)
“One can hear the centuries of tradition in her banshee-like vocals. One can literally hear the sounds of machines that were used at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Not only is this music hip, it is really very good.” - Dig this Real (USA)
Hailing from the land of Lord of the Rings, Jordan Reyne's
sound is a
blend of celtic / pagan vocals, and factory sound rhythms. Described by
the UK's BBC as "simply stunning", Reyne's music blends the magical
with the dark. Sinead
O'connor meets the Wickerman.
"Jordan's live shows are nothing short of astounding" (Massey University Press, New Zealand).
Jordan uses two Digitech Harmann Jamman loop machines to sample her own voice in the moment of performance. Open tunings and layers of harmony and rhythm are woven beneath lyrics that are a mixture of folkloric and political. Both her voice and lyrics call on the ancient only to twist it at the throat into something new and "utterly bequiling" (Gig Junkies, UK).
Described by New Zealand's National Radio as the author of a
new sound, Jordan is a 3 time Tui Award (New Zealand Grammy) nominee,
and has lent her voice to projects from Cafe Del Mar through to Lord of
the Rings. A prolific writer and performer, she has seven
internationaly acclaimed albums to her credit and has and toured the
UK, Poland, Germany and New Zealand.
Jordan's wide appeal and uncategorizable style has led to supports for bands as diverse as Feilds of the Nephilim, New Model Army, White Zombie and the Eden House. Her festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts (NZ), Wave Gothic Treffen (Germany), The Big Day Out (NZ / Aus), Frankfurt Music Messe (Germany), Soundedit (Poland), Whitby Gothic Weekend and many more.
Jordan grew up on a remote peninsula on New Zealand's west coast, 3 hours drive from the nearest city. She began making music by collecting bits of iron and discarded farm implements, banging them together and singing at the top of her lungs. When her parents could stand it no longer, they bought her a guitar. Her sense of the land, and peoples relationships to machines and nature remain a key part of her work.
Jordan left her homeland for Germany in 2005 and moved on to the UK in 2011. She currently lives in London, touring Europe annually.