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'Golden Tongue' is the debut EP from Brooklyn's Jeni Magana. It's a brief, bold and bitterly beautiful calling card from the young artist. Four tracks of brittle and erratic guitar pop. These are weary songs, delivered with both anger and acceptance. There’s a hint of the eccentric and a tinge of melodramatic but these songs sound as haunted and traveled as they do vital and honest.

Released via Audio Antihero Records.

Press:

"Beautiful debut...a story of love and sacrifice...Delivers the haunted resilience of someone who has found self-acceptance." - London in Stereo

“Recalling Torres and Sharon Van Etten at their most intimate moments...Magana’s parched vocal is a complete heartbreaker.” - The Line of Best Fit

"With what is just the briefest of snapshot Magana has invited us into her world and in the process created something which feels expansive and breathlessly travelled." - GoldFlakePaint

"Glorious." - Podcart

"Dream folk perfection." - The Deli NYC

“There's something beautiful in finding what you want and demanding it, and Magana perfectly captures that.” - The Grey Estates

“Magana enters the scene guns blazing with the simple request to be the real deal or no deal at all.” - IMPOSE

"Magana’s voice is a lively rasp that emotes a jaded sense of heartbreak spurred by a lover who talks but does not listen." - The Le Sigh

“Through music I have learned the shape of desire – contoured and faceted, with the texture of velvet and the sheen of spilt oil on the blacktop. In Magana I feel it again.” - Collapse Board

"Golden Tongue has enough range of emotion and musical variety to engage the attention from start to finish, and it feels like a journey in a way that many full albums fail to...It sounds like the birth of a new star." - Musos' Guide

“Jeni’s voice is entirely her own.” - For the Rabbits

"I truly can’t wait to hear what she does next." - VAMP

"A whisper in your ear, bedroom acoustics performer who has broken out from the background of being a session musician to taking centre stage." - Bearded Magazine

"When I hear a song like this, I start believing there is a primal source of strength that music, but only some music, manages to channel into the outer world. Magana does that." - Beautiful Freaks

"I could see her (right now) opening up for St. Vincent on her next tour. Yes that should happen. It feels right to me. After that I want to hear Magana's full length." - American Pancake

"Fragile and delicate, playing like a morning after some traumatic event, smells and sounds and phantom feelings wisping their way into the present, leaving the narrator to grasp whatever negligible weight they still hold." - Wake the Deaf

"Golden Tongue shows us someone who has spent years singing from other people’s hymn sheets finding her own voice, and it’s the voice of a confident artist who is capable of expressing both great frustration and great tenderness in a very compelling way. One minute, she sounds introverted and retiring; the next, she’s lashing out angrily at those who would talk over her." - God Is In The TV

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released October 28, 2016

Bass on tracks 1 and 4: Shay Spence
Saxophones on track 1: JJ Byars
Drums: Jonathan Smith

All other instruments and vocals: Jeni Magana

Artwork: Taj Campman

Recorded at Galaxy-Smith Studios (Brooklyn) & The Creamery Studio (Brooklyn)
Engineering and Mixing: Jonathan Smith
Mastering: JLM Sound (Jersey City)

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Track Name: Get It Right
With the words that are in your head
You can change my mind again
Copy from the text of old
Change the words into your own

But get it right, get it right
If you’re gonna, gonna waste my time
Get it right, get it right
If you gotta, make up your damn mind
Get it right, get it right
If you’re gonna, gonna waste my time
Get it right, get it right

If you could see what is in my mind
You would change before my eyes
You were red but my gold turned you green
So you stood there lying through your teeth

And get it right, get it right
If you’re gonna, gonna waste my time
Get it right, get it right
If you gotta, make up your damn mind
Get it right, get it right
If you’re gonna, gonna waste my time
Get it right, get it right

Before you say it
Before you do anything at all
You will want to think it through because
This could be your final call
Oh but if you say so
I will follow
Track Name: Inches Apart
You were born with thicker skin
And I am only oxygen
Whispering, darling please don’t stay
Because you can leave but I won’t wait

When I’m cold
And I’m lonely
Hold me in your arms
We’ll grow old
We will only
Be inches apart

I have built my cell by hand
I was dreaming of the southern sand
And while every night you visit me
Darling you are friends with misery

When I’m cold
And I’m lonely
Hold me in your arms
We’ll grow old
We will only
Be inches apart

When I’m cold
And I’m lonely
Hold me in your arms
We’ll grow old
We will only
Be inches apart

Oceans won’t take you
Oceans won’t take you
Oceans won’t take you
Oceans won’t take you
Track Name: The World Doesn't Know
Don’t tell me I’m sleeping
I’m dreaming, but I must be doing it well
Because nobody can tell

These places, I made them
I’m tracing the lines that keep you from me
In reality

But I can move mountains here if I want to
And nobody argues
Because nobody can hear it

Because the world doesn’t know what the world doesn’t know
That it lives in my mind and so now I have total control
And nobody’s aware and so they don’t find it strange
Every cell in your body belongs to the thought in my brain

The sky’s on fire tonight
And it looks just like it would seem
If we were living a dream

Because here we are standing
Our bodies are white by light of the moon
And envy makes us green

Yeah but in this world you won’t turn away
No in this world you’re gonna stay here with me
For as long as I please

Because the world doesn’t know what the world doesn’t know
That it lives in my mind and so now I have total control
And nobody’s aware and so they don’t find it strange

Every cell in your body belongs to the thought in my brain
Every cell in your body belongs to the thought in my brain
Every cell in your body belongs to the thought in my brain
Every cell in your body belongs to the thought in my brain
Track Name: Golden Tongue
I dream of lives that are far away
Made an escape from a lonely home
Collected years from a novel’s page
So I’d never feel like I am alone

You colored my words with your golden tongue
And shifted and blurred what is in my heart
I am not sure why they call it love
Why does it feel like it’s so damn hard

Hey something has gone very wrong
Sometimes it will seep out slowly
And you’ll never even know
That you’re lonely until you’re old

You’d see it written there in my face
If you had ever looked in my eyes
I have grown old and have been replaced
So I can’t remember what I felt like when I was young

Hey something has gone very wrong
Sometimes it will seep out slowly
And you’ll never even know
That you’re lonely until you’re old

Oh Oh

If you can’t quite recall
Maybe you never knew
If you can’t quite recall
Maybe you never knew