Jen Cloher shares video for Strong Woman
Strong Woman was filmed just weeks ago in a London warehouse during a whirlwind sold-out tour of the UK and Europe. The video is the result of a back-to-basics approach – a two-camera crew captured Cloher and her incredible band blitzing through one of the album’s highlights. The result is raw and dynamic, and goes some way to capturing Cloher’s dynamism on stage.
The song itself serves as an exploration of gendered identity in Cloher’s childhood in 1980’s Adelaide and a celebration of Cloher’s unique matriarchal heritage.
Cloher explained the inspiration behind the song:
It recently occurred to me that I have always been a leader, a strong woman. It’s not a quality that was cultivated but something I inherited. My matriarchal line is Ngapuhi, a Maori tribe from the Far North of New Zealand. There’s a famous Maori saying, ‘Kia kaha’ which means ‘Stay strong’, my Mother Dorothy modelled that quality to me growing up and I’m forever grateful that she did.
Recorded amidst the rolling greenery of Gippsland, Victoria and mixed at Jeff Tweedy’s famous Loft Studios in Chicago, the songs are split by Courtney Barnett’sextraordinary lead guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The end result is bold, assured, and piercingly observed, seeing Cloher face up to painful truths with unwavering honesty and emerge triumphant. An imperial showcase of song-writing craft which is likely to sit on the top of many end-of-year lists.
Following on from her recent successful debut tour of the UK and Europe which included sold out shows in Germany, France and throughout the UK, Cloher has announced that she’ll return for a run of headline shows in February 2018. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday 12th of October