Upload: PHENO is pioneering her own brand of art pop.
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WHY WE LOVE HER:
She's quirky and her passion for creating unique music and Stranger Things runs deep.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
PHENO (pronounced fee-no) is electric guitarist and vocalist Jess Green’s new pseudonym. As Pheno, she is pioneering her own style of Art-Pop, influenced by artists such as Tune-Yards and St Vincent with a huge nod to 80’s heroes David Bowie and Talking Heads. Pheno’s music layers shimmering vocals, scorching electric guitars, synthesisers, and backbeats. Lyrical material ranges from Sci-Fi musings in utero (There Are Voices Out There) to ethereal callings from the deep (Shadow in The Water). The band is a dream team, Jess has collaborated with master drummer Bree van Reyk (Holly Throsby/Paul Kelly/Sally Seltman) and synths / vocalist Alyx Dennison powerhouse (Kyu & Alyx Dennison) as well as other special guests. Songs feature Green's own jazz influenced 'weirdo rock' lead guitar.
The album is bold and energetic, ranging from moods reminiscent of the Stranger Things soundtrack to the fuzzy, lush indie pop of The Shins. Tracks such as Shadow in the Water give away Jess's Jazz & Funk background sounding somewhat like the love child of Peter Gabriel and Suzanne Vega.
Part funded by a successful Pozible campaign in 2016 and recorded by David Trumpmanis (Sarah Blasko/Flume) the production is lush and detailed. Jess's single Dragon Year' was launched with a mini tour in April 2017, and the full band launched the EP at Sydney’s Leadbelly as part of the VIVID festival.
Pheno tours as a solo act using loops, electric guitar, synths and a drum machine and has performed at Mojo’s Perth, ANU Bar (finale), Tedx Canberra, Transit Bar (Canberra) Ziggy’s (SYD), The Flamin’ Galah (Brisbane) and The Newsagency (SYD). The live band (featuring Dennison and Bonnie Stewart on the drums) has toured through eastern NSW and Canberra.