Hailing from the land of Lord of the Rings, Jordan Reyne's sound is a blend of celtic / pagan vocals, and factory sound rhythms. Described by the UK's BBC as "simply stunning", Reyne's music blends the magical with the dark. Sinead Oconnor meets the Wickerman.
"Jordan's live shows are nothing short of astounding" (Massey University Press, New Zealand).
Jordan uses two loop machines to sample her own voice in the moment of performance. Open tunings and layers of harmony and rhythm are woven beneath lyrics that are a mixture of folkloric and political. Both her voice and lyrics call on the ancient only to twist it at the throat into something new and "utterly bequiling" (Gig Junkies, UK).
Described by New Zealand's National Radio as the author of a new sound, Jordan is a 3 time Tui Award (New Zealand Grammy) nominee, and has lent her voice to projects from Cafe Del Mar through to Lord of the Rings. A prolific writer and performer, she has seven internationaly acclaimed albums to her credit and has and toured the UK, Poland, Germany and New Zealand.
Jordan's wide appeal and uncategorizable style has led to supports for bands as diverse as Feilds of the Nephilim, New Model Army, White Zombie and the Eden House. Her festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK), The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts (NZ), Wave Gothic Treffen (Germany), The Big Day Out (NZ / Aus), Frankfurt Music Messe (Germany), Soundedit (Poland), Whitby Gothic Weekend and many more.
Jordan grew up on a remote peninsula on New Zealand's west coast, 3 hours drive from the nearest city. She began making music by collecting bits of iron and discarded farm implements, banging them together and singing at the top of her lungs. When her parents could stand it no longer, they bought her a guitar. Her sense of the land, and peoples relationships to machines and nature remain a key part of her work.
“may just be making the most important sound of this year. ...simply stunning. A thoroughly unique work of art from start to finish... Whether by hook or crook, you MUST own this album. RATING - 5 / 5” BBC Channel 4 (UK)
"It is hard to categorise music this original - PJ Harey springs to mind, but the style is 100% Jordans... Her vocals are astounding".The Mix (UK)
Jordan playing her breedlove for an online performance: