Friday, July 31, 2020

Jenny Banai - "Gold"

The lack of anything resembling summer this year has caused me to latch onto anything even remotely summery. This might be why I love the latest single from Vancouver's Jenny Banai so much. "Gold" is a refreshing little slightly off-kilter folk/pop. It lands almost completely squarely into the mainstream side of things, except for the slightest feel of whimsy. It stops just shy of twee, but that's mainly because of the power of Banai's vocals. She has something inherently soulful about her voice without singing soul music. 

Jenny Banai explains her song "Gold":

"The first lyrics of my latest single, 'Gold,' are I'm returning. What does it mean to return? In one ancient context, it means to repent. To repent also means to change direction.

This song was birthed from a direction switch I needed in my own heart; a reminder that my breath is for peace and truth. This is my source and my hope.

One day, driving around the city, I had this image pop into my head of golden streets above our own, an existence that is unseen yet somehow covers our reality.

I imagined a reality existing at the same time as our own, where peace and truth come from, where ancient and ageless hands are working, softening, moving, molding."

You can listen to "Gold" below. The song is currently available as a single via Jenny Banai's Bandcamp. For more on Jenny Banai, check out the artist's Facebook and Twitter.

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