Jordan Reyne is one of New Zealand's most acclaimed experimental musicians. Hailed by New Zealand's National Radio as the pioneer of a new sound, Jordans music has been variously described as "industrial folk" and "Antipodean Steampunk". Imagine a 19th Century Nine Inch Nails combined with Dead Can Dance and Sinead Oconnor thrown in.
Jordan has been nominated three times for a New Zealand Music Award and released five CDs, several of which were funded or commissioned by Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand arts council. Between 1999 and 2005 she released two albums under the moniker "Dr Kevorkian & the Suicide Machine", which first gained her attention and a following internationally in the darkwave music scene.
Jordan now lives in Hamburg, Germany where she performs both live (including shows in London and Hamburg) and online.
“simply stunning. A thoroughly unique work of art from start to finish. Whether by hook or crook, you MUST own this album. RATING - 5 / 5” Channel 4 (UK)
“I’d be loath to categorize music this original. PJ Harvey springs to mind, but the style is 100% Jordan’s. Her vocals are astounding”
The Mix (UK)
“one of the best dark ambient pieces of music ever to have come out of New Zealand… a thoroughly emotional and moving piece of sound art which deserves wide exposure.” – FIEND Magazine (Australia)
“one of the most impressive musician/ songwriter/ composers of the last 10 years” Nocturnal Hall (Germany)
“Husky and thoughtful female vocals ride over a wide-ranging alternative spectrum of sound, from rock and acoustic guitars, to mellow and haunting synths. That said, this sound is distinct, with Jordan’s vocals being able to reach any scale, no matter what the music around her may be doing, making for a varied listening experience. This is what the scene needs – more bands willing to give something new a go, and Dr Kevorkian seem to be amongst those leading the way”
Hard Wired (UK)
“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 - not just for lovers of dark and industrial folk, but for everyone.” Unser Luebeck (Germany)
“A groundbreaking album - Probably the most eerily beautiful and disturbing album you will hear from a New Zealand artist this year”. New Zealand Musician
“…the most innovative, emotive and experimental music ever to come out of New Zealand” Salient (Victoria University)
“The Ironman is a concept album, a study in science, technology and humanity. Stunning poetry… evocative and moving” Real Groove
“ is one of the most ethereal and hauntingly beautiful albums to be released this year. Jordan Reyne is a truly experimental musician, willing to overthrow any preconceived notions of “how music should be” in order to expand her art” Chaff (Massey University Student Press)
“Where others sit and strum, Reyne uses the entire studio to build somber yet evocative sound pictures… She succeeds in turning her bleakest visions into something musically seductive”
The Listener (NZ)
“This album will tear you apart - and it may be the best thing you buy all year” Rip It Up (NZ)
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