Jenny Omnichord Finishes Impressive Duets Album, Loses Win Butler, Label

Jenny Omnichord Finishes Impressive Duets Album, Loses Win Butler, Label
With her first baby due within the month, Jenny Omnichord has completed the duet album of children’s songs she plans to release as her progeny’s first birthday present. As we previously reported, Jenny Mitchell had grand plans to simultaneously release a baby and a record into the world on the same day, September 27. Well, despite some unexpected road (baby?) bumps, Charlotte or Otis: Duets for Children, Their Parents, and Other People Too is completely done, so it’s all up to the baby to fulfill his/her end of the deal. No pressure.

Here’s the complete tracklisting, including Jenny’s duet partners:


1. "Charlotte or Otis" (Andy Magoffin)

2. "The Day we Sang" "Ba ba ba ba” (Jeff Munro)

3. "Lady Moon" (Wax Mannequin)

4. "It's not Fair" (Geordie Gordon) 
5. "The Old Prince" (Shad K)

6. "Gone Leafs Gone" (Ray Mitchell)

7. "Meteor" (Scott Merritt)

8. "Planet Zorn" (Kim Barlow)

9. "What Squirrels Do" (The People of Canada)

10. "Sleep Rockin'" (Jim Guthrie) – hear this song below

11. "What Happens to Animals" (Mathias Kom)

12. "Lucky" (Great Aunt Ida Nilsen)

13. "Dinky (A Baby Boy's Discovery)" - (David Celia)

14. "My Baby's Pregnant" (Old Man Luedecke)

15. "Do you Know Karate?" (Tony Dekker)

16. "I Sneeze in Threes" (Andy Swan)

17. "All these Things" (Richard Laviolette)

18. "Fences are High" (Andrew Penner)


There are also two notable updates, one of which is obvious above to followers of this album’s gestation. Arcade Fire leader Win Butler agreed to contribute to the project, inviting Mitchell over to write, record and complete their song "Ear to the Walls.” The day before the record was to be mastered, Butler sent Mitchell a text message stating that his lawyer and manager had intervened, forbidding him from performing on and/or writing a song for another artist on another label. Butler went on to suggest that perhaps the song could be released at a future date but had to be pulled from Charlotte or Otis.

Ironically enough, Mitchell is now without any label whatsoever. The plan had been for Toronto’s weewerk — home to Mitchell’s Barmitzvah Brothers and past Jenny Omnichord albums — to release this record but things have changed and Mitchell is now looking for label interest for the album. For now, she’s hoping that its eventual presence on zunior.com will help it resonate online and she plans to tour child-friendly venues, playing daytime shows this fall.

For a sneak peek at Charlotte or Otis: Duets for Children, Their Parents, and Other People Too, check out the distorted lullaby duet with Jim Guthrie, "Sleep Rockin,’” by clicking here. .