July 19, 2011
Night music.... Jessica 6
Only New York can produce a group like Jessica 6. Their name has cool origins: it's Jenny Agutter's character in the wonky sci-fi classic Logan's Run. But the music also has a surprising source - if the impossibly cool lead singer Nomi Ruiz looks familiar, it's because she sang with Hercules and Love Affair. That band's fortunes have diminished after a weak new album, but this is solid city-pop.
Their debut album, See The Light, came out June 6. The title track, a favorite, is sweaty night music that builds over five minutes in a frenzied orgasm of sound. Pitchfork has a free MP3 of the group's collaboration with their old friend Antony Hegarty. It's called Prisoner of Love and it's blazingly cool, with the best layered montage of sound in its final two minutes since Pet Shop Boys and Dusty wailed over What Have I Done To Deserve This. There's even a smokey, 70's-esque ballad, Not Anymore, that begs for a glass of wine and a rainy window.
Prisoner Of Love:
See The Light:
Some videos to wet your lips...
A perfect album for summer. One that will have you marching around town, feeling fierce. Thanks to FredHystere for writing about Jessica 6 way back in April. Get See The Light on iTunes now.
Update: Russlan sent me to hear a new b-side, East West Funk. Check it.