Who? Jess Bryant.. (Plus a few for live support: Andrew Hayes [Keyboard], Francis Booth [Bass], Andrew Grieve [Drums], Samantha Whates [Vocals], Sarah Day [Violin]
The Profile Bit: Eee a right bobby dazzler for your ears this morning! This has to be one of the finds of the year for me so far. Today I’d like to introduce you to Jess Bryant’s wonderful world of ambient, folk, orchestral, undefinable sound.
If you’ve not got a lot on today make sure you take a little bit of time out to just chill to this album. Maybe not during the day, when you’re probably meant to be doing something, but maybe whilst you’re just cooking your tea.. something like that?
Jess has been around for a few years now and released her first EP in 2009. But it seems circumstances and the opportunity was not quite there for her. At the end of her musical tether she was preparing to release her debut album herself last year. Thankfully Red Deer Club stepped in.
The general theme amongst bloggers who have seen Jess perform live is that this album has been a long time in the making, long before the recording process. Now, with the backing of Manchester based label Red Deer Club, she has been able to work with producer Daniel Lea into composing what is an undiscovered classic… undiscovered at the moment, at least.
What I find so addictive about Jess’ work is the pure musicality of the sound. The ambient, dreamy feel is tied tightly down by the percussion of the orchestral sounds and Jess’ vocals work as an important lynch pin. Often people are scared to feature vocals heavily in tracks.. maybe as an act of reassurance the modern idea is to ramp up the reverb and let the whole bunch of sounds combine in to a mash of music. Jess is different. Its naked. Working as a singer songwriter her vocal are featured heavily on each track on. It allows you to understand and feel the emotion behind each piece. Clean and haunting.
Her album is available right now. If you can, go digging around your local record store and find it. There is a vinyl run, but it’s limited to 300 presses. Don’t fear though.. If you’re feeling it then it’s available here for immediate download!.
Enjoy With: Sunset.. Festivals
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