RIYL: Courtney Marie Andrews, Phosphorescent, Molly Burch

Label: Mexican Summer

Imagine you haven’t seen someone for a long time and suddenly they re-appear, but they decided to clean themselves up, smooth the rough edges and present themselves better, like they’ve met a significant other that they want to impress or something. So is the case with Sorceress, a refined and more impressive version of Cosmic Wink. Without losing herself, Jess has taken her grizzled folk energy and streamlined it for a different yet familiar sound. She has always felt so much in her work and that is still the core of the album, but she is always evolving, such as Dolly Parton. You can get her new album from Mexican Summer and check out her new LP, Sorceress. UK link here. EU here. Black vinyl here.

Offering a deep-hued kaleidoscope of dusty ‘70s cinema, ‘90s country music, and breezy West Coast psychedelia, Jess Williamson’s Sorceress weaves a woman’s wild love letters to a confusing present and uncertain future—with reflections on femininity and the pursuit of perfection, New Age beliefs and practices, critiques of capitalism and social media, southern and western landscapes (and the birds who inhabit the skies of each), and intimate details of the lives and deaths of loved ones and friends. It’s a record about loss of innocence and acquired wisdom that’s self-critical, self-assured, and soul-searching.

Across eleven country western prayers and pop incantations, Williamson melds the magical with the day-to-day, and makes it feel universal. On the title track, a gorgeous fireside ballad that finds her accompanied by the chirps of cicadas, she sings “Yes, there’s a little magic in my hat / But I’m no sorceress.” The thing is, she certainly sounds like one.

The Details

Crystal ball vinyl, comes housed in a printed inner sleeve. Download code included.
Vinyl limited to 1500 copies.

Black vinyl, comes housed in a printed inner sleeve. Download code included.

digital album releases May 15, 2020
item ships out on or around May 8, 2020

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Price $19

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