In the decade since Jenny Owen Youngs last released a full-length album, she’s toured the world, co-written a #1 hit single, launched a wildly popular podcast, landed a book deal, placed songs in a slew of films and television series, moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to coastal Maine, and gotten married, divorced, and married again. She’s done everything, it seems, except release another album….until now.
Avalanche, Youngs’ exception debut for Yep Roc records, offers up an achingly beautiful exploration of loss, resilience, and growth from an artist who’s experienced more than her fair share of each in recent years. Produced by Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman, The Hold Steady, Cassandra Jenkins, Josh Ritter) and written with a series of friends including S. Carey, Madi Diaz, The Antlers’ Peter Silberman, and Christian Lee Hutson, the songs are deceptively serene here, layering Youngs’ infectious pop sensibilities atop lush, dreamy arrangements that often belie the swift emotional currents lurking underneath. Her performances, meanwhile, are riveting and nuanced to match, gentle yet insistent as they reckon with the pain of regret and the joy of redemption, sometimes in the very same breath. The result is the most raw and arresting release of Youngs’ remarkable career, a brutally honest, deeply vulnerable work of self-reflection that learns to make peace with the past as it transforms doubt and grief into hope and transcendence.
John Mark Nelson is a Los Angeles based producer, songwriter, and artist. After being anointed a “wunderkind” by NPR in his teens, dropped by his label in a dizzyingly short timespan, and taking an opportunity to work with Grammy award winning songwriter Dan Wilson in Los Angeles, Nelson finds himself creatively reinvigorated. As a writer and producer, he has co-written/produced recent releases including Devon Cole’s “W.I.T.C.H.” (garnering millions of streams across platforms after going viral on TikTok), Suki Waterhouse’s “Nostalgia,” “sunrise mtn” by Jenny Owen Youngs (he is also featured as an artist), “Movie Star” by Trousdale, “Who Am I Now” by alayna (Nettwerk), “A Little Love” by Julia Pratt and Mt. Joy, and more. He attributes much of his growth in both songwriting and production to his experience at Wilson’s studio working with new artists every day, including the likes of Mitski, Leon Bridges, and Taylor Swift, for whom Nelson served as an engineer on tracks for the re-recorded Red LP. As an artist, he has racked up millions of streams and a sync placement in Devil in Ohio.
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