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Ghost Town Jenny

Oakland, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Oakland, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Sweet and Spooky"

We're excited to premiere Ghost Town Jenny's new EP Golden Hour below. Sweet and spooky, Kylland's vocals are accompanied by the sound of a stirring violin. After putting out two EPs, the band is ready for a full-length, which they'll be working on this year.

We spoke with Kylland on evolving their Ghost Town Jenny's sound, touring in Ireland, and the weirdness of Joni Mitchell.

(read the rest of this interview, here: ) - Interview Magazine

"This is a singer whose voice has that indefinable quality that bands are built on"

California based trio, Ghost Town Jenny make songs that could be described as sorrow-tinged musical fairytales, surreal acoustic dreams or – more musically accurate – a fusion of gently plucked guitar, cinematic strings and the beautifully unique, hauntingly ethereal voice of one Kim Kylland. This is a singer whose voice has that indefinable quality that bands are built on. - The Owl Mag

"Tangled Strings Experimentalism"

Approximations of June Carter Cash-esque country, and a tangled-strings experimentalism that occasionally comes off like a minimalist answer to Andrew Bird. - The Austin Texas Decider


Otherworldly Kim Kylland is called Ghost Town Jenny - maybe because of the high-lonesome in her voice and the little Sandy Bull/Richard Bishop flourishes she'll do on her acoustic guitar-- a few seconds for ringing open strings that whip and wiggle like barbed wire caught by the wind...She doesn’t frog her voice like Iris De Ment but surely she can make someone weep just the same. --Chris Zeigler, OC Weekly - Orange County Weekly

"Wracked Western-Style Soundscapes"

News in of a co-promoted mini-tour happening next week, run by MDR and Feel Good Lost, who it’s fair to say are two of Cork’s (Ireland’s) best proponents of blue sky thinking right now.

The lineup is Ghost Town Jenny, a California-based trio built around the memorable voice of Kim Kylland, with instrumentation of piano, qchord, violin and saw, creating wracked Western-style soundscapes.

They are joined by Conor Walsh who is from Mayo and creates perfectly poised piano figures with an occasional hint of an atmospheric bass rumble. Check the piece below – elegiac would be a word. It’s the kind of music that would sit most comfortably beside someone like Dustin O’Halloran on the rack.

It seems the tour was prompted by Brendan Canty (of Feel Good Lost) after seeing Ghost Town Jenny play at last year’s Iceland Airwaves festival.

There’s plenty of blue sky in Iceland of course… -

"A Sonic Mood Reminiscent of Afternoon Light and Unmade Beds"

GTJ create a sonic mood that is reminiscent of afternoon light coming through lace curtains, teacups on the porch, and unmade beds. - San Francisco Guardian

"Turning Heads in the Music Industry"

Hailing from sunny California, Ghost Town Jenny is a magnificent trio that effortlessly blend lead singer Kim Kylland's haunting and powerful voice with remarkable string arrangements and brooding ambient soundscapes to create their own unique genre of spooky, cinematic soul music. The band's dark and hypnotic ballads have garnered them fans around the globe and have started to turn the heads of many in the music industry. (read the rest of this interview at: - Icon vs Icon

"Something old, Something new"

Kim Kylland has a wonderful voice, the kind that sounds just as good in person as it does on the band's recordings. - The Reykjavik Grapevine

"Ghostly and Ethereal"

Ghostly and ethereal, it’s almost impossible to tag the band’s music to a particular genre; but there are certainly parallels to be drawn between the atmospheres and emotions dealt with in 'The Swan' EP and Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials. - Lunar Music Blog

"One Part Twin Peaks, One Part Almost Forgotten Dream"

Describing Ghost Town Jenny is a challenge - not because there's nothing good to say about them, but because their sound is unique enough that I find myself struggling to come up with the appropriate words.
If you take one part Twin Peaks, one part Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and two parts of that dream you can't quite recall but can't really shake... that's getting close.

Singer/multi-instrumentalist Kim Kylland's (no, her name's not Jenny) ethereal voice floats through each song, held aloft with violin, saw (yes, saw), and more. All the while, you scramble to catch hold of that almost-forgotten dream.

Ghost Town Jenny are currently touring overseas... if you aren't lucky enough to be in Ireland or Norway, give it some time and I am sure they will be back in the Bay Area before long. - The Late Show

"Instantly Hypnotizing"

It’s an impressive feat when a release from a new, young group can impact a listener on its first play-through. Ghost Town Jenny’s latest EP does just that. The sound on Golden Hour is carried greatly by Kim Kylland’s remarkable vocal capabilities, which are instantly hypnotizing. Supported by string arrangements that are both delicate and forceful, in addition to graceful piano work, synths, and percussion, each piece falls perfectly into place. - Lucy Out Loud

"Grandiose and Epic"

Ever since PeteHatesMusic was featured in the Guardian, our emails have increased significantly – thanks, Guardian! We have received emails from bands or record labels from across North America and Europe. This is on top of the regular labels and bands that fill our inbox. As such, there is a LOT of music to listen to. As I slowly chop away at our inbox, I have found a few gems. Ghost Town Jenny is one such band.

Ghost Town Jenny was the project of Kim Kylland, but now they are a full band under the same name. The first thing you’ll notice about the band are 25 year old singer Kim’s haunting voice. With a voice like that comes a certain sound from the band, and the band strives for the grandiose and epic with their sound. On the Ghost Town Jenny bandcamp page, you can buy their 5 song EP, The Swan, which was released at the end of 2011. - PeteHatesMusic

"Spooky Yet Gorgeous"

Features just the kind of fairytale imagery and spooky yet gorgeous sounds one might hope... Their sound includes danceable tunes that recall Björk and Florence & the Machine, while their simpler strummed ballads make one want to don a whimsical gown and run through the forest on a starry night. - No Depression Music

"Effortless and Ethereal"

Possessing an effortless and ethereal howl and remarkable instrumental arrangements, each song is like it's own contained fairy tale. --Iceland Airwaves official festival booklet - Iceland Airwaves Music Festival

"Bright & Dark"

Ghost Town Jenny's music hovers between the bright light side and the darker, more mysterious...she is an exciting artist we hope to hear more of. --The Dark Season Music Festival Norway, official festival booklet. - Dark Season Music Festival

"A Distinct Quality All Her Own"

GTJ inhabit a musical world that is haunting, ever changing and unique; with a vocal style that fluctuates between Björk-esque peaks and the sadness of country crooners from decades past, while still maintaining a distinct quality all her own. - Let Go Magazine

"Exclusive Single Premier of 'Suwanee'"

Being a musician means logging lots of miles, and Kim Kylland is no stranger to the road. As leader of the Oakland trio Ghost Town Jenny, she’s performed in California, Iceland and points in between, and the self-styled “cinematic soul” songstress knows the promises and perils of venturing far from home.
“Distance ain’t no cure for a broken heart,” Kylland sings on ‘Suwanee,’ a mournful, string-laden song about rootlessness from the group’s forthcoming ‘Golden Hour’ EP, due out in January. is pleased to premiere the stark and spooky new tune — give it a listen below.
“‘Suwannee’ deals with both loss and growing older, but mostly was written while I was feeling terribly homesick, and terribly anxious to keep traveling,” Kylland says of the song. “It’s a feeling I have struggled with for most of my teenage and adult life.” -

"Exclusive Single Premier of 'Lights'"

Love enchanting songstresses like Florence and the Machine and Bjork? We think you just might fall for Oakland's emerging indie-folk trio Ghost Town Jenny. Premiering exclusively on PureVolume today is a first listen to a stand-out track from their upcoming EP, Golden Hour — listen to "Lights" above.

Fronted by singer/multi-instrumentalist Kim Kylland (that's right, she's not named "Jenny"), the band also features keyboardist Johan Svensson and violinist Corey Christopher Mike. They've performed their cinematic soul to audiences at major festivals in Scandinavia and Iceland, and are now looking forward to spending a significant time in the Los Angeles area showcasing their new EP before heading to SXSW in March, then back overseas for a tour of Ireland next summer.

The Golden Hour EP will be released on January 28th. - Pure Volume


Still working on that hot first release.



Ghost Town Jenny began as the solo project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Kim Kylland. Kylland grew up splitting time between southern California and Norway, and eventually spent her formative years as a songwriter & performer in Dublin, Ireland. After traveling alone through Europe with just a guitar and a backpack, she attended school in Japan, and eventually moved to Reykjavik, Iceland. While at Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark, Kim met Johan Svensson, who would later become her bandmate (synths) and writing partner. After a few more years of traveling and writing in various locations, the pair relocated to Northern California, where they currently reside.The band's line-up was later completed with Bay Area musicians, Corey Christopher Mike (violin) and Dominic Mercurio (drums).

Ghost Town Jenny's music has been compared to everyone from Florence & The Machine and Bjork (Purevolume) to June Carter Cash and Andrew Bird (Austin Texas Decider), but it's evident that they are cultivating their own unique sound. This diverse group of talents has charmed audiences around the globe, from large scale festivals to intimate performances. Iceland Airwaves Festival wrote that each Ghost Town Jenny song "is like it's own contained fairy tale".

The group released their first studio EP in January of 2014, which Interview Magazine called "sweet and spooky". They are currently writing and working on their first full length effort, due out in 2015.

"This is a singer whose voice has that indefinable quality that bands are built on." -- THE OWL MAG

"GTJ create a sonic mood that is reminiscent of afternoon light coming through lace curtains, teacups on the porch, and unmade beds." --THE SAN FRANCISCO GUARDIAN

"A California-based trio built around the memorable voice of Kim Kylland, creating wracked Western-style soundscapes." -- WEARENOISE .COM

"sweet and spooky" --INTERVIEW MAGAZINE

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