Dreaming the cosmic dream, dancing the cosmic dance, winking the Cosmic Wink. That’s what Jess Williamson is up to on her latest LP. Her third record - and first for Mexican Summer - is rooted in Americana and Byrds-y songcraft, but lyrically it finds Williamson gazing up at the stars. She ponders love, death, Jung and more on this wistful, pretty record.
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Just to show that Youtube playlists work, the opener here is rather familiar and I'm wondering where I've heard this. Of course! It was up on the playlist every time I played oh i dunno something I'd got obsessed about a couple of weeks ago. And that was a lot. By the time of the 8th go round I just let it run and now it's got me in the mood to hear the rest of Jess Williamson's record.
Initially it is a cosmic splurge of cinematic jangle pop with guitars Real Estate would be proud of nestling between an excellent keening voice with words chosen carefully amidst reverbed jangle pop. The opening trio are the sound of summer trees, a laid back drift through sun drenched melodies with a sad but upbeat world view but four tracks in everything turns slow and sad and if this is still good music then something is lost perhaps. The record is no longer one to watch the blossom drift away in the breeze and from then on it's dark and taut atmospheric music with debt to Shannon Wright, PJ Harvey and Mazzy Star.
I want Jess Williamson to take more of what has influenced the opening tracks as they are utterly gorgeous. The record turns later into bleak despair.
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