Welsh-born, Finnish-based singer/songwriter and musician Jenny Stevens, a.k.a. The Ukelele Girl is the creative mastermind behind JOVM mainstay outfit Jenny Stevens and The Empty Mirrors, which sees Stevens frequently pairing dark-alt pop with quirky visuals.
Last year, Stevens released the The Distance Between Us EP, an effort that featured “The River Rolls On,” an atmospheric track that seemed indebted to the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure and Cocteau Twins.
Earlier this year, Stevens released “Beneath Smooth Waters” is a slow-burning and brooding track that sees the project adopting a 90s trip hop sound: glistening, reverb-drenched synth arpeggios, sinuous bass lines paired with Stevens’ achingly plaintive vocals. According to Stevens, Bjork’s “Play Dead” and several other tracks were a major inspiration on the song — but to my ears, I’m reminded of Dummy era Portishead.
Stevens goes on to explain that the song is “also a literal siren song — don’t go too near the water’s edge . . . “
Electronic music producer Bobby Molloy recently gave “Beneath Smooth Waters” the remix treatment that retains Stevens’ achingly plaintive vocal but places it within an uptempo, deep house music-like production featuring glistening synth arpeggios, tweeter and woofer rattling thump and subtle bursts of industrial clang and clatter.
Featuring footage by Sally Haigh, Rotorvideos.com and Pexels.com and artwork by Pexels.com’s Nadine Sh, the accompanying video for the Bobby Molly remix of “Beneath Smooth Waters” uses some of the imagery from the original video and adds digital animation and artwork, some footage of the creepiest doll I’ve ever seen and more.