Jenny Lewis: One Long Narrative

Photos by Autumn de Wilde Jenny Lewis isn’t one to hold back. Her catalog — which spans four solo albums, a deep body of work with her band Rilo Kiley, and collaborative projects with other artists like Nice as Fuck — is built on raw, confessional songwriting, a trait which has earned her a loyal legion of fans, many of whom have been around since Rilo Kiley made its debut with the self-released cult classic The Initial Friend in 1999.  In late March, Lewis released her fourth solo album, On The Line. The album, which follows her acclaimed 2014 release The Voyager, comes after a difficult several years for Lewis, who lost both her mother and her long-term romantic partnership in the period between LPs. Accordingly, On The Line finds Lewis exploring grief, heartbreak, autonomy and renewal across what is arguably the best work of her already celebrated career.  “I do think as an artist you have to be brave in mining the depths and not giving a fuck,” she says, calling from SXSW in Austin. “So you kind of have to be cruel, sometimes, and be honest. That’s what I’m always looking for in a song. Something that is…

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