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Now Hear This: Jeen | Jeen

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Canadian indie alt-pop songstress ​Jeen’s self-titled album was produced with renowned ​Toronto musician/producer ​Ian Blurton​ ​(Change of Heart, C’mon, Future Now). Record​ed in Toronto in 2019, the 1​2 songs on​ ​Jeen​ ​are her strongest yet, featuring Ian ​Blurton ​on lead guitar, Stephan Szczesniak on drums, Brendan Canning​ (Broken Social Scene, Cookie Duster) ​& Ben O’Brien on bass, Jeff Heisholt on synths, and Kevin Fox on cello.

“​It was great to finally make a big record like this,” shares Jeen. “​I’m used to making records pretty much by myself, recording more lo-fi releases in my attic. But when I got Ian on board to mix 2018’s ​Gift Shop,​ things just clicked and I asked if he’d help me produce this. ​I was so happy to have full production after doing it on my own for so long. I’m not much in the way of more traditional singer-songwriter approaches, I always end up drifting … it’s art after all, and this is just how I like to make it.”

An established and successful songwriter with a penchant for crafting hooky songs, Jeen became the vocalist and co-writer for ​Cookie Duster​, the side project from Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) and appears on their 2012 album ​When Flying Was Easy​. In 2014, Jeen released her debut solo LP ​Tourist. Her 2016 sophomore LP Modern Life​ continued to build on her debut success. In September 2018, she released ​Gift Shop​, honing her unique, vintage sound. ​Gift Shop​ features anthemic reverb-fueled indie-pop and is produced by Jeen and mixed by ​Blurton, who plays guitar in her live band. Jeen has also written for many recording artists including Great Big Sea, Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman, Brendan Canning, FUWA FUWA and Martin “Doc” McKinney.”