Jaden South: Leading the Horse

[31 May 2009]

By Dave Heaton

PopMatters Associate Music Editor

Jaden South, the Nashville-based duo of Jessica Draper and Deborah DeLoach, play a folksy sort of bluesy sort of rock-ish sort of maybe-country sort of pop music that blurs all of those styles together until they meet in a nowhere-land in the middle. They have strong singing voices, far as I can tell, but there’s a murkiness to the whole endeavor that keeps anything from really hitting. They sing over each other more than with. The melodies plod. The lyrics make some specific references – to someone named Norma Jean, to drawing lines in snow, to moving from one place to another – but then blur away any specificity until you’re not quite sure what’s going on, or why you’re listening.

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