Listen to Jessie Kilguss' "Take Me to the Ocean"
Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:01:42
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Jessie Kilguss will release Sky Road on Sept. 4. We want to give you a taste, in the form of "Take Me to the Ocean," which you can listen to below. Prepare for the album's end of summer release with some early summer tastes of her tunes.
It's dreamy pop, but despite the title, it's not beachy. Kilguss' voice reminds us a wee bit of the amazing Aimee Mann, who we love. So yeah, that's a compliment.
Want some background deets on Jessie K? Okay, we've got 'em.
As a former actress, Jessie Kilguss has the unique ability to portray distinct characters within her songs. She manages to hold on to her sincerity and authenticity as she steps into the songs she shapes, so she never seems like she is pretending. Her music paints a picture and tells a tale, similar to that of beloved artists such as Aimee Mann and Lucinda Williams.
Kilguss has always known performing was her true calling and lived in various places such as NY and London while pursuing acting. A highlight of her acting career in London was The Black Rider, written by Tom Waits & William Burroughs. Starring Marianne Faithfull, the production was directed by avant garde legend Robert Wilson. As her focus started to shift towards creating original music, Kilguss returned to NY and began writing and working with the production team of Super Buddha. Backed by Radio Gold (John Kengla - bass & vocals, Jason Loughlin - guitar & vocals, Rob Heath - drums), Kilguss released three albums and toured the Northeastern US for the past four years.
In the spring of 2011, Kilguss was on a trip to Ireland. Inspired by the beautiful country she'd been visiting since childhood and the local musicians she encountered, she knew she'd found the perfect place to record her album Sky Road, named after a narrow passage that runs along the rugged Connemara Coast of Western Ireland. Co-written with bandmate Kengla, the songs are infused with the excitement of the upcoming project, when the whole band would venture overseas to Grouse Lodge, a residential recording studio housed in a 300 year old farm in Rosemount. The group lived on the farm and recorded the album in four days, then extending their trip an additional week for a small tour.
We love the history implicit and inherent in Sky Road?
Did you let Jessie Kilguss take you to the ocean?