In September 2012, nineteen-year-old Swedish songwriter Jenny Lysander posted a cover of Piers Faccini’s ‘Time Of Nought’ on YouTube. A couple of months, and several Facebook messages later, Piers and Jenny decided to meet in London.
Listening to Jenny’s demo – and despite the hum and hiss of her home Garageband recordings – Piers was immediately excited to hear an original songwriter’s voice. Their next meeting was at Piers’s home studio in the south of France – and their very first session together was the basis for Jenny’s EP, Lighthouse, released on Faccini’s own label Beating Drum in the Spring of 2014.
Jenny Lysander’s songs have an eerie otherworldliness to them. They seem to come from Nordic ice-blue horizons, and a dim winter sun that briefly rises before setting again. There is a melancholy tint to them too: as in the haunting ‘Blackbird’, and ‘Jag Malade’ sung in her native Swedish. But this melancholy is filled with warmth and tenderness. It is as if Jenny’s quietude produces a delicate kind of joy.
“I have always liked dark and mysterious things.” Lysander says, “Melancholic things ground me, give me a sense of depth, as well as a strange feeling of safety.”