On her first EP, ‘Let ’Em In,’ Saint John singer-songwriter Jennifer Irving serves up a moody quartet of ambient folk songs she wrote and recorded over several years in three different studios across two provinces. While each track carries the imprint of a different mood, mindset and producer, they’re unified by emotionally honest lyrics backed by moving musical atmospheres.
This debut collection is by an artist at play in the spectrum of traditional and modern styles. Producer Daniel Ledwell lends his trademark lush and layered instrumentation with a touch of spaghetti-western flair to ‘Well Enough’ and 'Weight,' while Charles Austin adds a steady tempo and nostalgia to ‘Someday.’ On the fourth and final track, Jennifer dabbles in the electronic arts, with Snappy Homefry’s synths and brushy drum beats adding lots of airy mood on ‘Lines.’
Raised in a big, boisterous Maritime family that loves to make music together, Jennifer was shy, a listener in a crowd of performers. Songwriting has always been a natural way for her to work through her feelings. Through her personal songs, she taps into the universal experiences of love and loss, their sweetness and sadness, the poignancy in pain.
‘Let Em In’ invites listeners into that experience, to share what has previously been private.