“The message is simple, really. We don’t need much. All we truly need is love and human connection.” – Jan Blohm
Jan Blohm’s new concept album, Jenny, which consists of 14 tracks tells the story of two teenagers from a small and conservative railway town, De Aar in the 1980s. It is his first foray into concept album territory, but one he says has been brewing for some time, but will one day be the soundtrack to his movie with the same title.
“The album is not merely a collection of songs,” explains the artist. “It is a careful composition of songs and poetry that tell a story and was put together over the course of 15 years. It’s like a film.”
The first single, Jenny, was released to serve as an introduction to the album and its main characters. This song was extremely well received and still features on the charts of various radio stations nationwide.
The second single, Karoo, an adult contemporary track from his own pen, which was released just last week, sets the scene by highlighting the vast landscape and the people who call it home; people who have the Karoo in their veins and who struggle to adapt anywhere else. It is a song about Jenny’s desire to be back home.
In this song, Jan shares the next exciting chapter of her story. He also makes the listener fall in love with this beautiful landscape… even if they have never been there before.
The album, he says, is themed around the concept of love, and that idea that love will always find a way to return to you. “The message is simple, really. We don’t need much. All we truly need is love and human connection.”
Jenny follows the release of the Ghoema-acclaimed Die Liefde Album, which was very well received, and is set to follow squarely in its successful footsteps. His second album, ’n Stille Runaway, was completely self-composed and released in 2005. That same year he played a lead role in the Afrikaans drama series Dit Wat Stom Is.
Jan has become a popular performer at the country’s biggest music festivals and is one of the reasons why meaningful music is making a comeback in the industry.
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