Roan Yellowthorn releases ‘Indigo’

Sep 15, 2018
Jackie McLean and partner Shawn Strack perform together as Roan Yellowthorn.

New York — Roan Yellowthorn, a pop rock, indie-alt duo fronted by Camden native Jackie McLean and accompanied by producer and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Strack, will release a full studio album, “Indigo,” Friday, Sept. 28, via Blue Élan Records.

McLean called the all-original album “a compendium of my own deep feelings about experiences that changed me. Experiences and feelings that are so personal they become universal. Shawn and I worked on this record together for over a year and the whole process has been such a leap of faith.”

With influences ranging from Angel Olsen to ABBA to The National, “Indigo” is an album that intermingles pop, rock, indie and folk — with a singer/songwriter's heart — making the music simultaneously familiar and fresh.

Roan Yellowthorn is the alternative name McLean created for herself in college, with the intention of making it a permanent moniker.

"I felt I needed to have my own space, a safe space that I could create and explore inside of. Coming up with my own name was a way to give myself that space,” she said.

The name didn't stick in college, but when she started writing songs and wanted a pseudonym to create and perform under, Strack suggested using Roan Yellowthorn. This time, it stuck. For more information and hear the first single, visit

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