Jordan Reyne | How the Dead Live

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How the Dead Live

by Jordan Reyne

Dark folk/ folk Noir. A concept CD with celtic vocals over found-sound rhythms, with the brooding backdrop of New Zealands west coast.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Frome Gravesend
4:23 album only
2. The Micheal Angelo
2:51 album only
3. The Witness
3:58 album only
4. The Brave
4:34 album only
5. The Dead
4:26 album only
6. The Proximity of Death (blue eyed boy)
4:01 album only
7. Ghosts (Lest we Forget)
6:55 album only
8. Blood
3:54 album only
9. Remembering the Dead
4:43 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"How the Dead Live" is Jordan's 5th album and is inspired by the story of one of New Zealands first pioneers, Susannah Hawes. The CD follows Susannahs dialogue with "History", who is a bloodthirsty female character bent on dramatic tales and battlescenes rather than the "ordinary" life Susannah leads.


"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. I really liked this album... 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 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." Unser Luebeck (Germany)

“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

Jordan Reyne is an experimental musician from New Zealand, who operates across the electronic, folk, industrial musical genres. She combines vocal melody with narrative and urban "found sound" to do what she describes as "recreating the sonic context of characters".

Jordan has been nominated three times for a New Zealand Music Award and released five CDs with the assistance of Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand arts council. She 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/ gothic music scene.



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A mindblowing aural and emotional experience
This is a concept album with a difference.
Instead of pomp and overblown pretention, this remarkable soundscape washes you gently, for the most part, fading you into the blue of sky and sea that pervades each and every track of this extraordinary album.

The story of the album pits a simple English woman, Susannah Hawes against a vengeful, spiteful and capricious personification of History. Susannah and her family emigrated to New Zealand in the latter half of the 19th century and found themselves in a bleak and empty land. Susannah's struggles fail to engage the character of History, who wants to be off to witness war in Europe and has no time for the petty lives of pioneer settlers.

The sparse dark folk melodies frame Jordan Reyne's richly emotional and intense lyrical poetry to perfection, as first Susannah tells her tale followed by History countering and belittling her, as wave follows wave lapping on the barren shoreline of Susannah's new country.

The strongest tracks are, to my mind, those putting across the point of view of History who wishes death and oblivion upon Susannah, but to say that implies that some tracks are weaker, not so; however some are more immediate and The Witness, The Proximity of Death and Blood are all songs that will blow you away pretty much on first hearing.

Jordan Reyne is more than just passionate about this music, she seems to be really feeling those emotions while she is singing and you can almost see the dripping blood, so evocative is her vocal style.

This is an extremely accomplished piece of work from a singer songwriter who is really streets and streets ahead of the crowd of female singer songwriters currently active. Additionally she is an engaging and extraordinary live performer and when she starts to sing you can almost literally hear peoples jaws dropping as they realise what a unique talent they are witnessing.

BUY THIS..... It needs to be heard... loud, and often