Jen Sjolund
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Jen Sjolund

Castaic, California, United States | SELF

Castaic, California, United States | SELF
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Journeying to an elusive call, singer-songwriter Jen Sjolund finds herself driven by a desire for honest self-expression. A recent transplant to the Los Angeles area from Olympia, WA, her music is self-described as “A solo acoustic alt-folk journey through the naturally occurring poetics of life,” with a punk aesthetic tingeing songs that otherwise might fit comfortably with the average Folk crowd.

Influences range from Leonard Cohen to Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell to Warren Zevon. Recently inspired by alternative singer-songwriters such as Paul Westerberg and Sia, Jen has begun to explore the creative possibilities for a girl with a guitar, the beautiful and the ugly too. “There has got to be a willingness to wrestle with the chaotic and messy if you’re truly going to break boundaries,” she says, “in that way I hope to also explore and communicate dynamic forms of harmony and meaning.”

Believing strongly in working her songs through the rigors of live performance, she's found that by connecting the music and the message with an audience she can refine the songs themselves to best communicate the insights gained through the inner journeys of songwriting. In this manner she hopes to capture the same such resonant dynamic between artist and listener through studio recording.

As for putting her process out into the world, "It's a fuck you to ego, both mine and the listeners," she says, "I'm not interested in perfection, but in finding the resonance within the noise." Digging deep is not always pretty, but it is where treasure awaits. For any such artist, the ultimate reward is in sharing this treasure with those who find the beauty in it.