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Recently dubbed "an artist to watch" by Rolling Stone, New Zealand born soul vocalist Jess Harlen has been paving a way with her hypnotic groove making "an exceptional contribution to Australia's musical identity" -Time Off. Moving to Australia with her family at a young age, Jess spent her school years in Brisbane before moving to Melbourne to develop an independent music career in 2006.
You may have seen her at some point over the last 5yrs touring the world as a member of Blue King Brown, or you may also recognize her from Muph & Plutonic hit Don’t Worry ‘bout Nothing, however it's within her solo venture where Harlen really takes flight.
Signing to Plethora records in 2010, Harlen teamed up with hip hop producer Plutonic Lab to release her debut album Neon Heartache, which was welcomed as "one of the year’s best releases" -Herald Sun, for which she was awarded Best Female Artist at prestigious The Age EG Awards.
Breaking open 2012 with the release of her second album Park Yard Slang, 'a combination of relaxed cool and obvious care' (Rave Magazine), Park Yard Slang is released worldwide which recently received 3 nominations in the Waiata Maori Music Awards, NZ.
Hard work is paying off for the self-managed artist as Jess continues to receive well earned recognition for her sophomore release. Earlier in the year, Park Yard Slang was featured as Album of the Week on ABC Radio, shortly after Jess was selected for the exclusive John Butler initiative - The Seed Management Workshop 2012. In September 2012, Jess was flown from the USA to New Zealand to perform at the Maori Music Awards, for which she was nominated in 3 categories (Best Pop Album, Best Urban Album, and Best Female Artist).
Currently living between Brisbane and Boston, Harlen shot the music video for Weaving in Chinatown, New York, featuring chiselled Brooklyn Krumper HallowDreamz. Unafraid to be open about her sexuality, the story of the song, and the premise for the clip depicts Harlen’s relationship with a smouldering temptress, ‘weaving’ in and out of love. Produced by Plutonic Lab, the sub-heavy beat sets down solid ground, a complimentary setting for Harlen’s dreamy vocals. Fresh, crisp, and lyrically sophisticated, Weaving is a universal tale of solitude.