Exploring themes of love, loss, grief, life, death, fear and motherhood, Medejin's highly anticipated debut LP "The Garden" carries the listener on a cathartic journey into a dream space where sadness and beauty intertwine. Floating between dreampop, post-rock, and indie, "The Garden" is heavy and fragile all at once, wistful yet joyous and every bit the sound of Medejin.
* Unreleased tracks. For reviewing purposes only.
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW With Tomo Nakayama and Rub
NOVEMBER 11, 2023 - SUNSET TAVERN, SEATTLE, WA
With layered guitar textures, interweaving vocals and an off-kilter drum beat, the title of the album’s first single is inspired by the otherworldly Pacific Northwest coastline and touches upon feelings of nagging self doubt.
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 8, 2023
A shadowy club track featuring pulsing synths and guitar swells, the song’s haunting vocal melody gives way to lyrical content teetering back and forth between acknowledging the beauty of the present and the strong pull to be drawn back to days long past.
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 6, 2023
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Nestled in the Aburrá Valley of the Andes Mountains in Colombia lies Medellín, city of eternal spring. Named after the birthplace of band leader Jenn Taranto (vocals/guitar/keyboard), Seattle’s Medejin creates lush, ethereal dreamwave often born out of feelings of restless nostalgia. Her soaring and expressive vocals weave in and out of drifting guitar melodies and punchy, driving rhythms. Featuring Rebecca Gutterman (guitar), Ramsey Troxel (bass) and Matthew Cooke (backing vocals/drums), their sound is euphoric with a disarming intimacy.
Garnering attention from KEXP with the release of their debut EP "Eleni", Medejin has performed live in-studio on "Audioasis" with Eva Walker and was included in this year's lineup for Belltown Bloom with artists such as L7, Thunderpussy, La Fonda and Skating Polly. Most recently they were invited to play at Capitol Hill Block Party.
“Their live sets are a torrent of taut musicianship and emotive performances, led by Jenn Taranto, one of the most talented vocalists in the region...Medejin is a tremendous musical force" - Elijah Dhavvan, Rain City Collective. Where dream pop, indie, and post rock meet, you will find Medejin. Their debut LP, "The Garden" featuring "No Other Name," a track mixed by the artist EMA, was released on October 20th, 2023.
PJ Harvey, Cocteau Twins, Tori Amos, The Cure
Recommend if you like:
Indie-rock, Dreampop, Post-rock, Alternative, Shoegaze
Jenn Taranto could probably project deep longing singing housing listings in the newspaper… “Real Ones” is lovers rock for the space between us, no matter how far that space stretches. - Martin Douglas, KEXP
Medejin's new single, "World's Fair," is probably their most engaging and fully realized song to date. As drummer Matthew Cooke tattoos the skins with a complex pattern, guitarists Rebecca Gutterman and Taranto pluck a constellation of gorgeous spangles. Taranto's voice is a silky, languorous delight, and the whole thing recalls Cocteau Twins, but without the booming beats and million-dollar production values. "World's Fair" is a dreamy sigh of a song. - Dave Segal, The Stranger
A similar dissonance can be felt in Seattle dreamwave quartet Medejin’s new single. Titled “World’s Fair,” the song barrels in with a bright and sunny, almost surfy, disposition but a dark cloud looms and slowly envelopes the song by the end. Like their ethereal forebears Cocteau Twins and PJ Harvey, Medejin may not be capable of making a truly “happy” song and I’m quite okay with that. - Jasmine Albertson, KEXP
Dreamy guitars meet dreamier vocals ... the Emerald City band floats like mist atop sand - Jacob Uitti , American Songwriter
Everything a great dream-pop track needs is here, in spades: Jenn Taranto’s ethereal vocals pas de deux with her’s and Rebecca Gutterman’s textural guitars while the bittersweet melody’s given a mesmerizing pulse by bassist Ramsey Troxel and drummer Matthew Cooke (the latter’s rolling, complex but incredibly musical work is especially striking). Damn, this is pretty. - Tony Kay, Artist Home
Jenn Taranto - vocals, lyrics, guitar, keyboard
Rebecca Gutterman - guitar
Ramsey Troxel - bass
Matthew Cooke - drums, backing vocals