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Moneypenny Releases Debut EP “Bless Your (Demon) Heart”

// Music, Review // July 28, 2017 // Carrie

Last week, Brooklyn singer/ songwriter Jen Florence, under the moniker of Moneypenny, released her fantastic debut solo EP titled Bless Your (Demon) Heart, recorded at Stangeweather Studios.

This is a polished, moody three-track EP that is perfect for some sad-times groovin’. With dolorous guitars and ominous synth, Moneypenny crafts an ethereal sound that sweeps the listener along easily with pulsing certainty.  

“Woman” kicks things off with a killer image: “Woman marks time with a limp cigarette/Woman breathes ashes and fire and spits.” Florence’s voice is powerful, controlled, expressive, giving life to lush imagery and commanding the listener’s attention. “Bite your tongue to taste gunpowder and blood,” she sings in “A Good Opinion is Hard to Find.” These are lyrics to savor, visceral and eerie. The beats in “Markers of Tangibility” add extra intensity to round out a cohesive, forceful EP.

These songs have a weight to them, culminated between the heavy, instrospective subject matter and the slow, legato delivery of the vocals that almost make the listener feel as though they are being dragged down by the gravity of each verse.  There’s a minimalist simplicity to how even single lines, such as “I walk through small acts of violence feet numb,” convey the emotions of an entire scene.

 This languid, dark EP will bring some somber beats to your day – give Bless Your (Demon) Heart a listen on Bandcamp.

Written by Carrie

Carrie is N.J. Racket's copy editor and contributor of many album and EP reviews. She also has a puppy named Halo and loves Mac N Cheese.