Relentlessly captivating and inspired, Jasmine Rodgers releases her remarkably accomplished lyrical debut ‘Blood Red Sun’ on Oct 28th

Born into an artistic family – her mother a Japanese poet, her father the legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen) – Jasmine Rodgers knew her way around both keyboard and fretboard before she even enrolled at secondary school. But given her love for art and zoology (in which she has a degree), music was initially a passionate pastime rather than a full-time pursuit. This changed when her older brother Steve, on hearing the ethereal beauty of Jasmine’s voice, asked her to sing with him and they formed the group Boa. Boa went on to record two albums, achieving renown in the Americas, France and Japan, after their single ‘Duvet’ featured in the anime series Serial Experiments Lain. The group disbanded in 2005, but Jasmine continued her association with the anime/manga genre, writing songs for the soundtrack of Armitage: Dual Matrix, which starred Juliette Lewis.

Jasmine continued rehearsing, writing and recording, releasing an EP of self-penned alt-folk nuggets and collaborating with artists including Indian classical musicians Mendi Mohinder Singh and Waqas Choudhary. She found inspiration for new material in the exploits of her travels (live performances led her from the Royal Albert Hall to the Venice Biennale and the Edinburgh Fringe). It was one such journey to the Joshua Tree desert in California that inspired Jasmine to capture the best of her material on a full-length album. She enlisted producer Sean Genockey (Tom McRae, Futureheads), whose experience working at Joshua Tree’s Rancho de la Luna studio made him ideal for bringing forth the material’s widescreen yet rootsy vibe. Blood Red Sun, to be released later in 2016, was recorded at Black Dog Studios in London and is the sound of an exceptional artist drawing deep from global musical experiences to craft a set of inventive, euphonious 21st-century folk.

Jasmine Rodgers’ debut solo album Blood Red Sun channels her gift of narrative storytelling into eleven concise songs that explore the emotional hinterland behind all of our thoughts and deeds. It’s a folk album where, like Joanna Newsom, Rodgers’ assumes a variety of different masks. Whether it’s the bawdy lover amusing herself with lascivious fantasies as she watches her lover sleep, or the mystic bard piping songs about the transformative power of music itself, Rodgers’ natural gift for poesy and her depth of feeling stand front and centre in a beautifully rendered debut LP.

About Between Spaces

After meeting the legendary Hotei Tomoyasu via Facebook they collaborated on this song. His steely guitar playing adds rockabilly attitude to a song about the transportive spell that music casts. In Jasmine’s words, it’s “about how music can change environments and can help us to reclaim our own spaces, lost to us by ourselves or through times of conflict.”

About ‘Underwater’

A confessional tone, swift string-sweeping picking patterns and concise production propel the beguiling ‘Underwater’. Here Jasmine collaborated with Ivor Novello winning singer Scott Matthews, a man who she admires and has opened for before, and he pointed her in the direction of cellist Danny Keane – both deliver standout performances on this enchanting and plaintive song.

About ‘Milky Way’

Milky Way is inspired by a certain feeling you get when the stars in the night sky divulge the benign indifference of the universe to all our tribulations. Conversely, it’s that benign indifference that comforts us and inspires us to be larger than ourselves. It’s a cosmic metaphor set to warm ukulele that Rodgers sings to someone who managed to turn their life round after overcoming their addictions.

About ‘Icicles’/’Sense’

Produced by two-time Mercury nominee Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Nick Mulvey), the infectious melodic resonance of ‘Icicles’ calls on trad sounds of Anglo, Celtic and Middle Eastern origin. Its pirouetted string-pickings, sustained bass notes, measured percussion and mystical ambience form an intimate folksy backing for Jasmine’s gleaming harmonies as she draws the listener into an impassioned quest for emotional rescue.

‘Sense’ shares the same inclination for glorious harmonising and beauteous hooks, but nods towards prime indie/alternative folk purveyors from Suzanne Vega through Natalie Merchant to This Is The Kit. Jasmine’s glistening guitar arpeggios are set to a bold pop-funk groove, while weaving between this strident template the singer contends of a lover: “Everyone needs to be believed, so then why don’t you put your faith in me?”

Producer and 3Starz signee Jojo F’s euphoric remix of ‘Icicles’ is a radical makeover that unexpectedly layers the song atop the fervent rhythms of trance-like EDM. That the resulting version, complete with original vocal and ukulele parts, is so joyously thrilling is testimony to both the vision of the producer and the resilient melodies of Jasmine’s initial recording.

Listen: Jasmine Rodgers – Milky Way HERE

Listen: Jasmine Rodgers – Between Spaces HERE

See Jasmine Rodgers live

October 15, 2016, Leeds, UK, Leeds First Direct Arena (Bad Company)

October 17, 2016, Cardiff, UK, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Bad Company)

October 19, 2016, Nottingham, UK, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (Bad Company)

October 21, 2016, Birmingham. Birmingham Genting Arena (Bad Company)

October 28, 2016, London, The Slaughtered Lamb (Album Launch)

November 24, 2016, London, UK, Olympic Studios Music Room

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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