This week’s Monday exclusive is a five-track folk EP with a strong country flavour from New York singer-songwriter Jo Kroger
We’ve got a whole EP for you for this week’s Monday exclusive – The Simplest EP by Jo Kroger, to be precise. It’s only the New York-based singer-songwriter’s second-ever release, and it’ll be out on Friday (25 March).
Hailing originally from Cincinatti, Kroger relocated to the Big Apple some years ago, where she learned to use Pro Tools under the tutelage of Brooklyn producer Erik Braund. She released her first EP, Troubled Night, in 2013, but then put her career on hold for a little while as her father was seriously ill. Now, though, she’s back with a bang!
She says of the EP: “The whole EP follow themes of being disheartened but hoping for the best on the other side. Songwriting-wise, it picks right up from my last, folkier album, but is sonically more playful while still being lyrically raw. After the recording was finished but before it was released we had a huge loss in my family, and that whole ‘getting knocked down and pushing through anyway’ theme is really the main through-line for the whole project.”
Hype sheet comparisons for this one include St Vincent, Cate Le Bon and Beth Orton; we might add Dido and The Sundays to that list, and we also noticed a cheeky nod to Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine on the title track! Give it a listen…