New Release: Jo Schornikow – Martingale

Photo Credit: David Torch

Jo Schornikow has shared a new song from her upcoming debut Secret Weapon out March 29th

Martingale is a darkly beautiful take on personal persistence. Jo elaborates with precious humility, “This one is about taking a gamble on someone or something, and how personal insecurities can lead to lowering your standards, and hoping for things so much so that even when odds are stacked against something working out, you can’t stop trying”

Take a listen below…

Jo Schornikow is an Australian artist who has impacted more music than most know, having contributed her talents to the likes of Lana Del Rey, The National and most steadily for the last five years, Phosphorescent, as the band’s keyboardist. Now comes her debut full-length, a stirringly calm triumph of control, created in the weighted wake of motherhood. Having given birth to two children in quick succession with partner Matthew Houck, the longtime musician-turned-mom took to songwriting to confront the dramatic changes across her life. In direct contrast to the chaos of child-rearing amidst a music career, Secret Weapon pours from a deeply situated place of profound restraint

Musically, Jo’s emotional explorations thrive in a dusklit territory neighboring pop, shoegaze, and ambient experimental music. Among subtle swells of synths and shimmering washes of guitars, Jo’s serene voice is never obscured. She recorded the collection with what she calls “a really dinky little setup” at a friend’s house in Melbourne, playing the same ancient keyboard with which she gigged through college

This month, Jo Schornikow dazzled packed rooms across Austin at SXSW with her arrestingly honest songwriting. Coming up, she’ll play Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn with labelmate Erin Durant on March 28 before heading to Philadelphia and Nashville. Dates are detailed below…

March 29 | Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade Records (6pm instore)
March 31 | Philadelphia, PA @ TRUCK (house show)
April 07 | Nashville, TN @ 5 Spot
May 09 | Nashville, TN at Grimey’s (in-store performance at 6 p.m.)