Jordan Reyne is an experimental musician from New Zealand, who operates across the electronic, folk noir, and industrial musical genres. She combines vocal melody with poetry and urban “found sound” to do what she describes as “recreating the sonic context of narrative characters”.
Jordan has been nominated three times for a New Zealand Music Award and released five CDs with funding from the New Zealand arts council. Her most recent CD “How the Dead Live” was comissioned by the Arts Council and the Department of Conservation and is based on the story of one of New ealands first pioneer women, Susannah Hawes. Jordan performed with a live band between 1999 and 2005 which she called “Dr Kevorkian & the Suicide Machine”. Two of her CDs were also recorded under this moniker, which gained her attention and a following internationally in the darkwave music scene.
Reviews for “How the Dead Live” (2009)
“A jewel of industrial folk…(Reyne’s) fascinatingly powerful voice…and reliance on substance over gloss make „How the Dead Live“ an impressive album. Disturbingly beautiful. A must have – not just for lovers of dark and industrial folk, but for everyone.” Unser Luebeck (Germany) full review here
“A fascinating and intense listen. Reyne’s voice, as ever, is a gift and.. she chooses to use it by applying the tools of a story writer and an illustrator… here is something worth celebrating, a song writer who didn’t come down in the last shower of record company advances and marketing hype” The Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand)
“a work that delves deeply into the psyche of the land and our European forebears. A soundtrack to the cinema of unease” New Zealand Musician
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