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Jodi Shares New Single “Softy” – Debut LP “Blue Heron” out 16th July via Sooper Records

May 17, 2021
Photo by Jordyn Belli


Listen to new single ‘Softy’ and watch the lyric video

Debut LP Blue Heron out 16/7via Sooper Records

Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jodi, AKA Nick Levine (ex Pinegrove) has a new album on the way, and here is the next song from it.

‘Softy’ according to Levine “is a letter to a friend, a reality check, and a reminder of the sheer scale of the world (and our relative smallness).” Listen to the song and watch the Nico Garcini directed lyric video featured below.

Blue Heron, available July 16th via Sooper Records (NNAMDÏ, Sen Morimoto, KAINA) is self-described “queer country,” and deeply powerful in its song writing – a series of self-spoken intimate and remarkably present moments that recalls the likes of Jason Molina, Mount Eerie, Duster, and Julie Doiron. Listen to the previously released single ‘Go Slowly’ that Fader described as “a commitment to intention”.

Jodi is here to move you, with “Softy” Jodi embraces this essential and honest manner. A fragile creation with minimalist notes the focus is on the range of Jodi’s emotionally charged vocal harmonies. There’s a sincere execution and Jodi adds this delicate sway within the tone, a wealth of emotions can be fully embraced within the lyrical reach, this really is a beautiful ensemble. The creation consumes you as the immersive vocal melodies explore real feelings and a cutting intensity.

On their debut LP Blue Heron, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jodi‘s (Nick Levine) self-described “queer country” delivers a series of soft-spoken intimate moments capable of turning your inner world upside down with a whisper. It is a type of gentle yet deeply powerful songwriting for fans of artists like Jason Molina, Mount Eerie, Karen Dalton, Julie Doiron, and Duster. Blue Heron is due 16th July via Chicago indie label Sooper Records.

For Levine, Jodi is tentatively described as an alter-ego, a lens in which they can ask questions, push boundaries and step outside of their inner world. Debut full length Blue Heron captures Levine’s continued search for meaning; a search where a couple of chance encounters with a bird—a great blue heron— taught them to embrace the fortuity of creative expression and surrender to its symbolism as a metaphor for understanding their own work, and the world. 

Levine encountered the blue heron first while writing the project, and again while recording it. In the first encounter, “It pulled me out of a spiral,” they say. “Maybe you’re not in the amount of control that you think and that’s actually a good thing. There’s so much life happening outside of your head and that’s really grounding to remember.” It was this initial chance encounter that urged Levine to get outside of their own head and breathe the bigger picture more deeply into their writing. Later, during their final days of recording those songs, Levine was visited by a second blue heron. For them, it was a sure sign.

Committing fully to the symbolism, Levine had a large blue heron tattooed on their back and submerged themself in a freezing Chicago pond as a means to forever memorialize the Blue Heron as both the album cover and title. Marking the dedication to their art – with wings wide open, ready to take flight – it also signifies the power of music, nature and friendship. While Blue Heron claws at the strands of meaning, and tries to make sense of the world, it’s a work that ultimately only finds closure in the complete surrender to forces greater than oneself. It embraces chance, coincidence, and fate with a sublime curiosity, ultimately finding meaning in the randomness of it all.


Go Slowly
Get Back
Slug Night
River Rocks
Blue Heron


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