Happy Monday, all! While it’s technically fall, I live in the land of perpetual summer. Here’s a late summer album that brings a bit of California sunshine to your iPod. It’s Jenny and Johnny’s “I’m Having Fun Now.” This debut album from Jenny Lewis and boyfriend Johnathan Rice came out about a month ago, but I just got it on iTunes last week. In case those names don’t immediately ring a bell, Lewis is frontwoman for Rilo Kiley and Rice played Roy Orbison in “Walk the Line,” and has a couple of albums out, too.
This is their first album under the name “Jenny and Johnny,” but they’ve been collaborating for years- most notably on each others’ solo projects. Maybe there’s something about creating music with your lovah– The Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Regine Chassagne come to mind- it seems to create a really intimate sound. There’s a lot of back-and-forth here, but it doesn’t feel like banter. “I’m Having Fun Now” is a real collaboration, with Lewis and Rice co-writing most songs and playing nearly every instrument on the album.
The sound is a little folk, and a lot of surf rock. Especially songs like “Big Wave,” which at first sounds like a breezy California summer tune. But as with most of Jenny Lewis’ creations, a second and third listen brings you deeper (in this case the world of California pill-poppers). Who knows how long this official group will last, but I’ll be really interested to hear more.
Must Have Tracks:
“My Pet Snakes”