J.Knife is producing sophisticated folk-pop way beyond her years.
Despite only being 14 years old, the music produced by J.Knife is exceptional and very mature.
Jennifer Kim AKA J.Knife is a Korean-born songwriter currently living in China. Her stage name was given to her by her English teacher who was known for giving out obtuse monikers to his students. J.Knife has no idea why she was called that but liked it enough for it to stick.
Her music is amazing. Sophisticated folk-pop in the same vein as Feist and Bon Ivor. Tender and intimate songs that have a strong sense of melody and combine various instruments with a novel sense of production.
She wears her influences right on her sleeve. This is perhaps best signified by the fact that half of her available tracks are covers (most notable of which is her excellent cover of Julian Baker’s Sprained Ankle). Beyond this, however, her work is laden with nods to some of her favourite artists. The influence of the likes of Baker, Bon Ivor and Radiohead are all there but comparisons to Elliott Smith, Lorde and even Nico are inescapable.
That’s not to say that Kim’s work lacks originality. On the contrary, she’s managed to crafter her own sense of atmosphere; a nuanced emotional expressiveness that doesn’t try to hide the DIY aspect of her recordings.
One of the more surprising things you find out about J.Knife is that she’s only 14 years old. Of course, an artist is not their age and because of that it’s not something that should be focused on. That said, when you’re listening to her work it’s difficult to forget that these rich, tender and mature songs from someone so young.
So far, J.Knife has only released a handful of recordings but she has her first full length album coming out in the fall.
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