Album Name: Nocturnal Drifter
Artist: Jessie Kilguss
Year/Label: 2009 / Independent
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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Actress Jessie Kilguss decided to embark on a musical career and came up trumps with her debut album Exotic Bird a year ago. Her follow-up is s stunning affair with luminous vocals.
Opener Gristmill is done in a cabaret-style that suits Kilguss world-weary vocals.
A Little Place Behind My Eyes turns electronic, with a pulsating beat and a plain catchy chorus. It sounds far too classy to be a calculated move towards the mainstream though.
I Don’t Need People is seemingly cynical, but has a sad-eyed weariness that’s becoming. Kilguss becomes a true torch singer for these troubled times.
My heart is in your hands, your hands are shaking
31 looks at getting older and does so wistfully and elegantly. Kilguss has a deft touch with the theme. Here she reminds me of Sylvie Lewis.
Her very real talent should guide her from now on. She’s gone from a highly promising artist to a real presence on the indie scene.
3 A Little Place Behind My Eyes
4 Time On My Hands
5 I Don’t Need People
6 This Time
8 Marie Antoinette Song
9 Something About Lonely
10 Strangers On a Train