Australian singer-songwriter and pianist for Matthew Houck, aka Phosphorescent, Jo Schornikow has created an album of alt American indie which ‘explores the complexities and loneliness of motherhood’. Our first peep is this beautiful track called Visions. The new album is called Altar, to be released on May 20, via Keeled Scales.
With woozy, reverby guitars and its hushed vocals, Visions sends you deep down into a calm space. This is an intense and deeply personal work. Schornikow’s vocals have a wistful, touching and vulnerable quality and there’s a definite sense of a War on Drugs influence with that propulsive drive underpinning it. I hope this soulful track gets some airplay in the UK.
I was delighted that research into Jo Schornikow lead me to discover Phosphorescent – aka Matthew Houck, a remarkable singer-songwriter and Jo’s partner. Take time out to listen to Song for Zula , emotion-laden and exquisitely melancholic with a Dylanesque touch.
Jo Schornikow’s life has involved plenty of travel: she was born in Melbourne, brought up in New York and is now based in Nashville. There has also been plenty of touring around the world with Houck. Visions and the upcoming album reflects her loss of self amidst bringing up children. Hence the ‘Altar’ in the album title: spot those items on top of her piano? They make up her own personal altar, a reflection of all her different ‘selves’.
The accompanying video to Visions was shot under a surprise severe weather warning at a small-town Tennessee fair, and was directed by Noah Hanson.
Also Gourmetgigs review of Jo Schornikow Lose Your Love