Jeen O’Brien is a Canadian singer-songwriter who makes indie pop tunes. She has just released her debut solo album, Tourist, but she’s a seasoned artist who has written with Great Big Sea, Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman, and Doc McKinney, to name a few. She is also a member of indie rock band, Cookie Duster, with a lineup that includes fellow Canadian talent Brendan Canning, who can be heard on sleepy track, “Industries.”
“Buena Vista” is a punchy and textured song that sets off the adventure Jeen has set out for us on Tourist. From the first riff, we’ve got our sneakers laced up and we’re on the run. “Buena Vista” feels like the type of song to soundtrack a night of sneaking into private pools and drinking rum out of the bottle. Similarly, the driving guitars on “No Fade” and the seductively mellow “Way Up” give off shockwaves of badassery – Jeen is a bad mama jama, a bluesy sweet treat to the ears, and she gets our motorcycle engines revving.
Tourist isn’t all black leather-clad tracks; Jeen has done a careful job of including a variety of sounds that encompass our complex human emotions. On the slower tempo song “Backyard,” there is a delicately contemplative air about it, with lyrics such as, “We are all apart of everything, and I go only where my heart will bring.”
A wistful Sunday afternoon on your bed can be set listening to “Sad Boy”, “Summertime”, and “Hole In My Heart.” If you’re more of the Sunday brunch type, then you’ll enjoy putting your headphones on to “NY Island” and “Golden” while gallantly making your way to the patio.
“Orange” is the twelfth and final track to Tourist and it’s a pleasantly supple piano-based song. Jeen’s harmonious vocals are laced gently with the pattern of notes, and at only 1:18, we wish the song was longer. “Orange” leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth and a weight on the chest that can only be lifted by listening to Tourist again.
See below for track list and stream Tourist now:
1. Buena Vista
2. No Fade
4. NY Island
5. Sad Boy
6. Everywhere I Go
9. Hole In My Heart
11. Way Up
(Photo via Jeen O’Brien)