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New Video: Jenny Stevens and the Empty Mirrors Share Brooding Trip Hop-like “Beneath Smooth Waters”

Welsh-born, Finnish-based singer/songwriter and musician Jenny Stevens, a.k.a. The Ukelele Girl is the creative mastermind behind the songwriting project Jenny Stevens and The Empty Mirrors, which sees Stevens 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 BansheesThe Cure and Cocteau Twins

Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site you may recall that she began the year with “No, I Wouldn’t Call It Love,” a bit more uptempo song that expresses nostalgia and aching longing. Her latest single “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 . . . “

The trippy accompanying visual features a beautiful siren calling a random pedestrian closer to the water’s edge.

New Video: Jenny Stevens and The Empty Mirrors Share a Trippy and Nostalgia-Inducing Visual for “No, I Wouldn’t Call It Love”

Jenny Stevens, a.k.a. The Ukelele Girl is a Welsh-born, Finnish-based singer/songwriter and musician, and the creative mastermind behind Jenny Stevens and The Empty Mirrors, a songwriting project that finds the Welsh-born, Finnish-based artist 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,” which paired Stevens’ yearning vocals with a slow-burning and atmospheric arrangement that seemed indebted to Siouxsie and the BansheesThe Cure, Cocteau Twins.

The Welsh-born, Finnish-based artist begins 2022 with the more uptempo “No, I Wouldn’t Call It Love.” Centered around glistening synths and shimmering, reverb-drenched guitars, “No, I Wouldn’t Call It Love” features a decidedly 4AD Records-like sound paired with Stevens’ achingly yearning vocals singing lyrics about a perfect moment through the lens of nostalgia and longing.

The recently released video emphasizes the longing and nostalgia at the core of the song: The video focuses on the passing of time, the changing of the seasons, and the song narrator’s loneliness and regret.

New Video: Jenny Stevens and The Empty Mirrors Release a HauntIng New Single and Visual

Jenny Stevens, a.k.a. The Ukelele Girl is a Welsh-born, Finnish-based singer/songwriter and musician, and the creative mastermind behind Jenny Stevens and The Empty Mirrors, a songwriting project that finds the Welsh-born, Finnish-based artist dark alt-pop paired with quirky visuals.

Stevens released her latest Jenny Stevens and The Empty Mirrors EP, The Distance Between Us last week. Interestingly, the EP’s latest single “The River Rolls On” is a slow-burning and atmospheric song centered around atmospheric synths, twinkling keys and e-bow’ed guitar paired with Stevens’ gorgeous and yearning vocals. Seemingly indebted to Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Cocteau Twins and the like, the song as Stevens explains is a “dark and slow reflection on death and the persistence of memory.”

The recently release video is fittingly haunting, fueled by nostalgia, longing and desire.