Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Cockamamie Recluse Jennifer Trynin Isolates Herself from Others' Music to Create an Unique, Edgy Sound

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Cockamamie Recluse Jennifer Trynin Isolates Herself from Others' Music to Create an Unique, Edgy Sound

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Ask Jennifer Trynin to discuss her musical influences and you won't get much of a list or, for that matter, a whole lot of explanation.

She's not being evasive or rude. It's just that unlike the vast majority of musicians, Trynin, who recently released her debut CD, "Cockamamie," has never listened to much music. In fact, during college she ignored movies, records and television altogether.

Instead, Trynin, 31, has always approached music as a do-it-yourself pursuit, creating her own songs instead of dwelling on the music of others.

"Part of it probably was I just like a lot of privacy and for some reason, like I'll watch television and it doesn't bother me. But there's something about music, the music business or something, records and radio, that I have to be in the right mood for it or it kind of creeps me out," Trynin said.

"And one of the other things is for some reason it's like my ears are extremely impressionable," she said. "I can definitely just hear something that gives me goose bumps one time and I can work off of that for six months, easily. So I don't like to hear a lot of stuff because the fact is, if I really like it I will have to rip it off. I won't mean to, but it will show up too much in my own music."

This musical isolation perhaps helps explains why Trynin, despite working the much-traveled territory of guitar pop/rock, has developed a pretty distinctive sound.

Many of the rocking tunes on "Cockamamie" ("Happier," "Better Than Nothing," "All This Could Be Yours" and "Knock Me Down") have a unique edgy quality, built around her jagged and catchy electric guitar riffs and vocal phrasing that doesn't always stay in lockstep with the song's beat.

What also sets Trynin apart is her lyrics, which are full of attitude and have been described as cynical, acerbic and "wonderfully cranky." Songs like "`Too Bad You're Such A Loser" (the title is self-explanatory) or "Better Than Nothing" (which captures the emotional listlessness of a boring life) explains how those descriptions happened. …

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