Jess Williamson – Sorceress Out Now!
Sorceress Out Now!
The New LP from Jess Williamson
We’re in the midst of an occult revival, in large part because people are searching for meaning. Look at the rise of Tarot, astrology apps, crystals, and smudging kits for sale alongside fast fashion; and even online yoga. Jess Williamson’s Sorceress, her fourth album and second with Mexican Summer, arrives during this cultural moment. Fittingly, it addresses these issues via personal epiphany and offers revelation in the real sense of the word: you listen to it, learn from it, and leave changed.
Sorceress is polished and assured and it hits immediately—like a modern classic should. It does fit with her previous work, but it then goes miles beyond it. From her first home recordings that bled into her proper 2014 debut Native State, Williamson’s music has kept a ragged folk energy at its core. The Texas singer and songwriter makes deeply felt songs that orbit around her powerful voice, a voice that’s strong and vulnerable, big-room flawless, quietly ecstatic, and next-to-you intimate. When she has something to say, even when it’s a kind of Dolly Parton whisper, you listen.