Jennifer Gentle are one of the most idiosyncratic Italian bands ever. Led by singer, guitarist and sometimes only member Marco Fasolo, they started their career in the early Noughts as slightly stoned-out-of-their-minds teens equally apt to manage short psych pop explosions and 20-minute brain melting freakouts.

They quickly recorded a couple of wigged out, self-released albums that raised some interest abroad and became the first Italian band to sign with American label Sub Pop, releasing two critically acclaimed albums in quick succession: 2005’s Valende (an exercise in hyperactive, sparkling pop mixed with pastoral acoustic vignettes) was followed in 2007 by the much darker and convoluted The Midnight Room (described in a Mojo review as “Syd Barrett lost in a 20’s Berlin cabaret”). With US and UK tours under their belt and much coveted apparitions on Rough Trade and Mojo compilations, Jennifer Gentle went on to play also on BBC radio shows and partecipated to several festivals including Green Man, in the meantime gaining fans as different as Graham Coxon, Black Crowes, Mars Volta and Jarvis Cocker (who asked the band to open his Italian concerts).

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