From the depths of lockdown, Jenny Biddle has created her latest masterpiece, and eighth album, Hoping for a Hero. Explore these thirteen exquisitely crafted compositions, as Jenny candidly surveys the ups and downs of life using her diverse palette for blues, folk, alt-country, rock and roots flavours.
Playing over a dozen instruments on this album herself, you’ll hear her unique guitar style that marries melody, bass and percussion amidst her dependable guitar hooks. Enjoy hear her raunchy electric moments, poignant piano ballads, bubbling banjo licks, and in “Mountains & Molehills” she immerses us for the first time with the meandering sounds of a Weissenborn slide guitar, hand made by her father. With a lush, full-band sonic experience, producer Sean Carey adds the icing to the cake with his atmospheric, electric guitar melodies that tie in beautifully with Jenny’s lyrical sentiment.
As the album takes you on a quietly transformative sentiment, Jenny describes how the album came together during lockdown: “I was struck by the undertone of a longing for some kind of hero throughout these songs. In the past I’ve channelled my quest for happiness in futile directions, whether it be dreams, fame and fortune, image, romance, praise and approval, or the temporary relief of a binge-eating sesh at midnight. If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that our priorities need a good shake up, and in fact some of the things we’ve valued aren’t nearly as essential as the everyday heroes doing everyday deeds that make our world a better place”. Jenny boldly confronts her battles with depression in “Long Winter’s Day”, and talks about befriending her anxiety in “Worrying Mind”, and uplifts the listener in her heart-warming alt-country finale, “Five Foot Tall”. Added to this collection of new songs, she’s also included a “matured” version of “Village by the Sea”, and the sequel to her popular coming-out song, “Hero in Me” with its added verse celebrating marriage equality in Australia.
The cover artwork, created by Ruth Thorp:
- Too Much Too Ask
- Mountains & Molehills
- Worrying Mind
- Too Little Too Late
- Stories We Tell
- One and the Same
- Believe in Yourself
- Loaded Gun
- Long Winter’s Day
- Hero in Me (Hero in You Sequel)
- Village by the Sea
- Five Foot Tall
Produced, recorded and mixed by Sean Carey at Church Street Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia in 2019 and 2020.
Mastered by Kathy Naunton – dB Mastering.
Cover art by Ruth Thorp.
Jenny Biddle: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Weissenborn slide guitar, piano, synth keys, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, percussion
Sean Carey: bass guitar, electric guitars, backing vocals, percussion
Matt Druery: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Damien de Boos-Smith: cello