Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
Record label: Hardly Art
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
As a former member of the now-defunct Seattle band Carissa’s Wierd, Jenn Ghetto understands the science of bittersweet confession. She writes psychologically acute breakup stories that show what it means to hurt, but her songs aren’t about pretending to make the right decisions—they’re about telling the truth. Producer Chris Walla recorded her new album, Cool Choices, and he has a lot to do with its approachability.
Jenn Ghetto may be best known as a member of Carissa’s Weird, but her solo project S has been going for over ten years. She’s released bedroom pop and electronic-tinged music, but rather than record on her own for her new record, Cool Choices, she brought in drummer Zach McNulty, bass players Betsy Olsen, and guitarist Carrie Murphy to help flesh the songs out. With Chris Walla producing, Ghetto and her friends have turned S into a full-on band on Cool Choices.
S – Cool Choices (Hardly Art)Jenn Ghetto’s three previous albums as S took different approaches to the lo-fi pop aesthetic. 2010’s im not as good at it as you was a stripped-down affair, mostly confined to voice and guitar; it recalled her 2001 solo debut, Sadstyle, albeit with a cleaner production. 2004’s Puking and Crying delved somewhat into the world of programmed beats; the sound was still stark, but a bit more propulsive.