L.A. songwriter Jenny O. has announced her forthcoming album New Truth (out June 19th) today with the vibrant psychedelic song “God Knows Why”.
The track begins with Jenny recounting the terrifying experience of suddenly going deaf in her right ear. “I’m in mono now forever, it was there and now it’s gone”, she sings before lamenting, “and God knows why.” The refrain of “God knows why” can be a moment of acceptance, resignation, or a pleading for some understanding; but in Jenny’s hands, it’s all of those things and none of them. It is the existential thread that leads to a New Truth.
Take a listen below…
On the single, Jenny states: “I wrote “God Knows Why” after going deaf in one ear and asking why perplexing things happen — fate, cause and effect. When I lost my hearing, a doctor said, “God took it.” Something happened to me neurologically, but here we are. Why do people behave against their own interests? Why do some people survive and others don’t? NEW TRUTH has to do with coming to terms with a New Reality, what is and what will be now that things have changed or information has come to light. Feels accurate in this period of adjustment and great sadness.”
Over the past decade, Jenny O. has sung on recordings by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Father John Misty, Conor Oberst and Jonathan Wilson. She’s also toured with an even broader range of artists, including FJM, Rodriguez, Leon Russell, and most recently, Faye Webster. She was slated to tour with Vanessa Carlton throughout April and June, but those dates have been postponed.