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Alien Folk is driven by Jen Taylor’s whimsical & dark odes to the goddess. Justin Good's gypsy jazz guitar makes it swing.
With genius phrasing, Taylor examines the dualistic nature of human thought, ruminates on the prioritization of certain opposites over their partners in a bid to understand how we are where we are, and delivers a veritable theogony of Goddesses and ancient bad girls from the Egyptian Hathor to modern day Xena Warrior Princess.
In Tomatoes Cry Ripe, Taylor pushes a metaphor of cracked tomatoes to an analysis of sex work. You just never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. From the enigmatic Thinking in Pictures to the call to arms that Lock Your Daughters Down is, the album takes us on a journey from coyote trickster energy to Penthesilea’s last stand at Troy.
Inspired by Riane Eisler, Tom Waits and Django Reinhardt among other influences, Alien Folk offers stories rich in symbolism and philosophy accompanied by harmonically and rhythmically shifting backdrops.
The band features Taylor on ukulele, vocals, guitar & keyboard, Justin Vood Good on gypsy jazz guitar, Hans Lohse on percussion, accordion and flute, Chris Brown on acoustic bass.