Sleeping Leaves EP

by Jeanes

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Barley, hops & yeast
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Smiles with her eyes
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Trees Hug Bees video

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With the constant barrage of noise from 'man made' things, fighting for our attention every waking second, many of us forget the soft call of natures voice.
'Jeanes' tells stories of sleeping fields, breathing trees & drunken bees.

The songs on this debut EP started their lives over 30 years ago as poems and snippets of recordings on old four tracks tapes. When Russ moved with his family to a cottage in the Yorkshire Woods he found one of his old books with notes scribbled on the opening leaves. The songs have now been recorded in homes, gardens & summer fields across Europe & America by an enchanting collective of female DIY artists, each lovingly chosen for their beautifully unique voices.

Jeanes sound has been kindly been likened to: Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs, Joanna Newsom, Nick Drake.

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releases June 16, 2017

Jeanes is a collective of the DIY artists below.

Russell Jeanes
Russ is a graphic designer, film maker & poet from Yorkshire and also a new music champion for Fresh On The Net.


Catherine Hershey
Catherine Hershey is a French-American artist, illustrator, songwriter and singer.
She is a long time friend of Kate Stables. Catherine illustrated 'this is the kit's' album for 'Bashed Out'.
Russ heard Catherine's songs and fell 'head over heels' with her work, sending her a message about his passion for her songs - Catherine responded saying she found Russell's songs 'warm and soothing'. This was the start of their recordings and friendship.


Emily Grace Zornado
Emily Zornado is a musician, playwright, director, and music educator in Danielson, Connecticut, America.
Russ heard Emily's cover version of 'hushabye mountain' and was utterly captivated. Emily recorded 'smiles with her eyes’ in the summer fields of Danielson, using ukulele punctuated with her rich layered harmonies. Russ first heard Emily's arrangement cycling through the fields of Ile de Ré.


Léa Decan
Léa is a talented artist songwriter, singer and is currently studying illustration in Brussels.
Russ found a track of Léa's called Timothée and then discovered that Léa really loved his poem/song ‘trees hug bees’.
Léa developed the song in Paris, Brussels and China. Russ worked separately with Tom Sidebottom on strings richly inspired by English Classical music.


Scott Fraser
Scott is a guitarist and was enthusiastic about Russ' poems/songs from the first, and was absolutely fundamental in their development.
Scott crafted guitar patterns from Russell’s initial ideas.


Tom Sidebottom
Yorkshire based string arranger and music lecturer. Tom has patiently and skillfully developed and recorded arrangements developing Russ' ideas.

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Russell Jeanes England, UK

'Jeanes' songs tell stories of sleeping fields, breathing trees & drunken bees.

recorded by an enchanting collective of soundcloud artists from across continents under the name ‘Jeanes’.
Recorded in the summer fields of America, gardens of Paris and bedrooms of Europe.
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Track Name: Simple Jayne (with morning blackbirds)
I once met a girl,
she chose slowly
…what she told me
we talked for a while,
…she said something
but then nothing,
..lips moved no words came

hides in her thoughts,
what she feels, can’t be said,
they’re just her thoughts,
she’s frightened others feel the same,
then she won’t be unique again,
… just Simple Jayne.

with lapwing she plays
and hums slowly
….for him only …
whatever she plays the bird smothers,
with feathers ...no words can away

hides in wood groves,
with eyes never painted,
fringe grown past nose.
afraid if others hear her words,
her deepest thoughts wont be just hers
she’s hiding words

I once met a girl she chose slowly what she told me.