PINLIGHT is the alt-pop songwriting project of Edinburgh-based multi-instrumentalist Jenny Laahs. Jenny is a hearing-impaired musician, acquiring a profound unilateral hearing loss at the age of 4. She began performing on the songwriter scene in Edinburgh in 2014, playing ukulele and piano.
In 2018 she transitioned to a more electronic sound and adopted the moniker PINLIGHT, in reference to A Pin-Light Bent by Joanna Newsom. Inspired by Kate Bush, Passion Pit, and Stealing Sheep , PINLIGHT combines these influences into retro-tinged soundscapes, fresh but with a sense of nostalgia.
After gigging around Edinburgh with a live band in 2018, Jenny retreated to her home studio in 2019 to record the independently produced and released debut album, Grow Slow, produced entirely in mono in recognition of her hearing loss. In 2020, Jenny has been working on remixes to be released in October and November, as well as writing new original music for 2021.
PINLIGHT live gigs are performed by Jenny Laahs on keys, vocals and samples, sometimes with help from Gráinne Ravani Foster, Dominika Czerniga, Rosalind Sharp, Artem Kobeletskyy, Calum Cummins, and Ali Tod.
"Very cool track, I really like it... I think it's phenomenal, something I don't think I've seen before"
- Friedemann Findeisen, on 'Armour' (https://friedemannfindeisen.de/)
"luscious lo-fi electro pop... Jenny’s fantastic vocal [is] a real highlight" - Alive and Gigging (full review here)
"Quietly seeping into your dimly lit room like the scented smoke of cinnamon incense... downright irresistible" - Right Chord Music (full review here)
"The Edinburgh alt-pop artist is clearly capable of delivering the goods. She should certainly be getting more attention"
- Small Music Scene (full review here)
Indie Gem 2019, Doing Life Records (for the album Grow Slow)