BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Four self-released albums on, Brooklyn-based Jessie Kilguss is still a relatively new contender in the singer/songwriter sweepstakes. Nevertheless, her mood-affecting melodies reflect an artist who’s quite adept at expressing a wide array of emotions. A former actress who was inspired to plunge into music after appearing in a London production of Tom Waits’ The Black Rider with Marianne Faithful, she eloquently captures both those artists’ talent for atmospheric manipulation.
Here she ably shifts her sentiments throughout, beginning with the affable strum of the title track and the carefree gaze of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight” to the steady rhythmic pull of both “I’m Your Prey” and “A Safe Distance From You.” There’s something quite compelling about Kilguss’ way with tones and textures, a certain savvy that’s especially obvious on the song that ranks as the album’s clear stand-out, the entrancing “Train Song.” In those few moments, Kilguss manages to fuse dreamy desire with a Pink Floyd-like landscape and transcend her stylistic bounds. It bodes well for an artist who’s clearly intent on pondering all her possibilities.
DOWNLOAD: “Devastate Me,” “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” “Train Song”