Jessica started her music career with the folk-noir duo Jep and Dep who over the last 5 years have supported some spellbinding acts such as Jessica Pratt, Johnny Marr, Low, Mirel Wagner and Aldous Harding, toured Europe twice and released two critically acclaimed albums.
Her debut The Space Between takes listeners on a slow, haunting ride down the river of sorrow. The album explores the theme of loss and memory and her curiosity for the nature of things passing. The album highlights Jessica’s sublime and ethereal vocal range and layered harmonies, which at times become lyric-less and all about the expression, reminiscent of Beth Gibbons and Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins. The vocals sit deliberate and mournful throughout the album, coupled with a bare reverbed-out electric guitar and baroque pop orchestration, the album brings a heavy vibration of beauty and escape. The album was mixed, mastered, recorded and produced by Darren Cross (Gerling/Jep and Dep) from his Bernstein Studios over the last 5 months of Covid (March to August 2020).
“The Space Between” is out now.
What Jessica Says:
“This is my first solo record. I can be a procrastinator, so Covid lockdown gave me no other option than to finally finish the songs and record the album. It was recorded by my partner and collaborator, Darren Cross. Given my songs are mostly about loss, grief and memory it was almost fitting that the album was created in a time where we were collectively experiencing something so strange and during some difficult things that happened on a personal level. I see it as a very intimate and mournful album, almost journal-like, which was extremely cathartic to write.”
This is her latest video:
1. Poppies, Buffy Sainte-Marie
I love this song. I love the layered vocals. I love the reverb. I love the echo. I love the pain. It’s everything I look for in a song.
2. Prairie Tek Kidz (Westside), Darren Cross
Darren Cross is my long term music collaborator and we have done lots of work together, he produced my album and we also write music together as Jep and Dep. This track is from his new album, Keeping Up?. The album is escapist, nostalgic and instrumental which I am often drawn to. I don’t always need lyrics or vocals to fall in love with a song.
3. Some Say (I got devil), Melanie
This is one of my favourite songs by Melaine. I am not sure if it is a feminist song, but I do see it that way.
4. Silent Song, Jessica Pratt
This song is off the album Quiet Signs which is in my opinion an impeccable album. It’s got this incredible blend of nostalgia and newness that I desire in music.
5. Hounds Of Love, Kate Bush
Kate Bush is the epitome of everything that is amazing. Her songs are dramatic, theatrical and trail-blazing. I love her mind and storytelling.
6. Who By Fire, Leonard Cohen
I couldn’t forget Leonard Cohen. I love this song. I feel connected to Leonard Cohen in his attempt to understand Death. A lot of my songs try to do this. But he is the master.
6. Kandosols, Helena Massey
An Australian songwriter from New South Wales. I love Helena’s overall sound. Her voice and guitar playing take you somewhere else and seem to blend into this mournful, drifting space.
7. She Cried, Frank Yamma
Frank is a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia’s central desert. His music is exceptionally sad and beautiful. One of the best live performances I have seen.
8. Rock N Roll Suicide, David Bowie
My favourite song off one of what I think is one of the best albums ever made. I love the rawness and absolute agony in Bowie’s voice in this song.
“The Space Between“ is out now. Look HERE for more information on Jessica.