By Jess Williamson, from the forthcoming Native State (Brutal Honest); streaming here
“There’s a veil between what you kind of see and what you kind of feel,” intones Jess Williamson, the Texas songstress who sings with the dusky manner of the singer-songwriter Lissie and the parched tone of the long-lost Karen Dalton.
One also notices the earnest phrasing of the Mumfords, but Blood Song doesn’t gallop in the way the young shouters like to do it. Instead, the sounds are droned and the pace is dead-stop, with a lo-fi slide guitar twisting queerly in the background.
Two-thirds of the way in, things shift to an Appalachian howl before quickly settling back into the weird-scene blues.
More to come from this newcomer.