Me Lost Me is Newcastle University alumna Jayne Dent’s electronic folk project. She describes her style as ‘future folk’. Combining soothing, soaring looped vocals and gentle, brooding synths, Me Lost Me is an adventure worth listening to.
I had the pleasure of watching Jayne perform live last December at Cobalt Studios here in the city centre. I was captivated by her playful performance, and spent the next few days looping her album The Good Noise, with tracks such as dramatic, melancholic ‘The End of the World’ and my personal favourite ‘Worm Unearthed’, which she described in an interview with Now Then Magazine as a song from the point of view of “a worm being churned up by the diggers in the earth and their whole world being turned upside down.” Some of Me Lost Me’s earlier works include experimental, strangely entrancing ‘Picking Out the Thread’ from her EP Demon.
In interviews Jayne describes improvisation and collage as instrumental to her creative process, as well as incorporating field recordings into her work. Her lyrics (which she kindly sent me in an email) are simple but vivid in their imagery.
Jayne Dent was artist in resident at the Sage in Gateshead from 2020 to 2021. She studied here at Newcastle University, and was in the University Wide Language Program studying elementary German with our very own current affairs editor Elizabeth Meade.
Me Lost Me is set to tour Hull, Chesterfield, London, and Oxford between now and April before returning to Newcastle on the 8th of April at The Cumberland Arms with Junior Brother.