with special guest David Newberry
Album Release of Jenny Ritter's Bright Mainland
October 4 & 5, 2012, 7:30pm.
Solstice Cafe, 529 Pandora Ave, Victoria.
From the performance on October 4, 2012
Jenny Ritter is a well-known singer songwriter from the west coast, perhaps best known as co-founder of The Gruff, and as the creator and director of Vancouver's Kingsgate Chorus.
This October 4th and 5th at Solstice Cafe in Victoria, Ritter's long-awaited solo project surfaces, and you're going to want to be right there with your rod and net. Bright Mainland is a personal record five months in the making chronicling the past three years of the writer's life, in which she moved from Vancouver Island to the mainland, chasing love and opportunity, then losing inspiration and losing her voice, before finding it all again and creating her debut record.
"A major theme of my life for the past couple of years has been losing and getting back," Ritter explains. "Lose a band, gain another, lose a voice, get it back. The important stuff is what happens in between, the process in which loss becomes learning, and learning becomes inspiration, and that's what this album is all about."
The music itself, much like Jenny's feelings about living in the city, is delightfully hard to pin down. Threads of acoustic guitar and viola interweave with pedal steel, electric guitars, and steady, heavy drums. There's a distinct alt-country feel to the album's aesthetic, while the chord progressions take on an older, more traditional folk feel. Overtop of all of this, Jenny's voice navigates complicated, soaring melodies with surprising simplicity and sweetness.
This record is flooded with talent from Western Canada's folk and Indie elite. Adrian Dolan (The Bills/Ruth Moody Band) is both producer and genius multi-instrumentalist, while Lucas Goetz (The Deep Dark Woods) rounds out the band with drums and buttery pedal steel.
Featured guests include Ryan Boeur (Fish & Bird), Bear Erickson (Ona), and David Newberry, among others. There are also appearances by Jenny's brainchild, East Vancouver indie-rock choir, The Kingsgate Chorus.
The only three release shows for Bright Mainland are the ones in Victoria and Vancouver in October, before Ritter's major Scandinavian tour this winter.