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Sorceress

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Sounding down to earth and ethereal at the same time doesn't come naturally for everyone, but Jess Williamson seems to have figured it out. She likes her hometown but isn't so happy with the ways it's changing, she's adverse to heartache and watching her exes get married, and she's proud of being a little unpredictable. She also sings about these things with a soft, breathy voice that makes the commonplace seem a little mysterious, and really steps up when she's thinking about God or lamenting the fate of undocumented immigrants or trying to convince us there isn't anything truly magical about her. 2020's Sorceress is Williamson's fourth album and her most ambitious to date, with the spare, sunburnt indie folk of her early efforts burnished with a more elaborate production and a few instrumental choices that show off her enthusiasm for both classic singer/songwriter artists of the '70s and glossy pop of the '80s. Williamson sounds just fine on poppier numbers like "Wind on Tin" and "Infinite Scroll" (the latter boasting a synth sound that could have been a supporting character in Boogie Nights), and her delivery isn't all that different than it is on the more folk-oriented cuts. But ultimately, Williamson seems most at home when she sounds like she just arrived in 2020 from a time warp located in Laurel Canyon in 1971, and the very gentle psychedelia drifting through her more personal numbers meshes with her vocal style and lyrical outlook like yin and yang getting to know one another. Sorceress doesn't feel like a slam dunk triumph for Williamson, in part because it seems like she's still working out the balance between the various sides of her creative personality. But she sounds solid and assured even when she's swimming through the darkness, and her consistent strength as a writer and vocalist makes Sorceress well worth investigating.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
Smoke
00:03:31

Al Carlson, Producer - Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

2
As The Birds Are
00:03:50

Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shane Renfro, Producer

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

3
Wind on Tin
00:03:06

Al Carlson, Producer - Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shane Renfro, Producer

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

4
Sorceress
00:04:37

Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

5
Infinite Scroll
00:04:10

Al Carlson, Producer - Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

6
Love's Not Hard To Find
00:03:48

Dan Duszynski, Producer - Al Carlson, Producer - Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shane Renfro, Producer

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

7
How Ya Lonesome
00:04:39

Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shane Renfro, Producer

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

8
Rosaries At The Border
00:03:54

Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shane Renfro, Producer

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

9
Ponies In Town
00:03:45

Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

10
Harm None
00:03:19

Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shane Renfro, Producer

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

11
Gulf Of Mexico
00:04:05

Dan Duszynski, Producer - Jess Williamson, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shane Renfro, Producer

℗ 2020 Mexican Summer, LLC

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Sounding down to earth and ethereal at the same time doesn't come naturally for everyone, but Jess Williamson seems to have figured it out. She likes her hometown but isn't so happy with the ways it's changing, she's adverse to heartache and watching her exes get married, and she's proud of being a little unpredictable. She also sings about these things with a soft, breathy voice that makes the commonplace seem a little mysterious, and really steps up when she's thinking about God or lamenting the fate of undocumented immigrants or trying to convince us there isn't anything truly magical about her. 2020's Sorceress is Williamson's fourth album and her most ambitious to date, with the spare, sunburnt indie folk of her early efforts burnished with a more elaborate production and a few instrumental choices that show off her enthusiasm for both classic singer/songwriter artists of the '70s and glossy pop of the '80s. Williamson sounds just fine on poppier numbers like "Wind on Tin" and "Infinite Scroll" (the latter boasting a synth sound that could have been a supporting character in Boogie Nights), and her delivery isn't all that different than it is on the more folk-oriented cuts. But ultimately, Williamson seems most at home when she sounds like she just arrived in 2020 from a time warp located in Laurel Canyon in 1971, and the very gentle psychedelia drifting through her more personal numbers meshes with her vocal style and lyrical outlook like yin and yang getting to know one another. Sorceress doesn't feel like a slam dunk triumph for Williamson, in part because it seems like she's still working out the balance between the various sides of her creative personality. But she sounds solid and assured even when she's swimming through the darkness, and her consistent strength as a writer and vocalist makes Sorceress well worth investigating.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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