REVIEW: Jess Williamson’s “Native State”

 photo JessWilliamson_cover_zpsed88b8e0.jpg Jess Williamson is a singer whose comfort zone is that in folk, call it Americana if you wish. These songs aren’t what I would call “back to nature”, especially if you’re someone who has never left nature behind. Native State (Brutal Honest) is the music of someone who isn’t afraid to share her deepest feelings, whether it be about a loved one or ones relationship with everyone and everything around them. Williamson’s vocal style is on the boundaries of people like Bjork and Lene Lovich but more fine tuned and accessible, but she sings sometimes with an accent that might lead to occasional difficulty in understanding the lyrics, but it’s not so hard. When you do, especially with a song like “Spin The Wheel”, it almost comes off like a confessional you’re not meant to hear:
my pride was a mountain and yours, a little bird
I stand alone and strong beside you, you’d sing anywhere you’re hurt
you got to spin the wheel every morning
and if madness or artifice come as a warning
forget what they told ya, it gets cold in California
but the women there, with the flowers in their hair
will wrap you in White Owls

Song of her songs are direct, others may take a bit of understanding with her pace and flow, but it’s not something you want to brush off and pass up. Native State is someone who sounds and feels… I hate to use the word genuine but when you listen to her, it will feel as if she knew you were waiting to see and greet her into your life.

(Native State will be released on January 28th and can be pre-ordered here.)

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