Jessica Jalbert is no more. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. Jessica Jalbert is still Jessica Jalbert, she’s just switched from making music under her real name to the moniker Faith Healer (or, as I’m sure the handle was already taken by a 140 character preacher, @FayeThealer over on Twitter). If you’re a fan of her previous work —you should be already, but if you’re not, you can still swing by her old Bandcamp page and quickly realize why you should be— all you need to do is press play on this first taste off her upcoming Faith Healer debut to have all your worries about the change of names effecting the musical output instantly wash away. This is some flawless indie pop at its finest.
Some songs feel like they go on forever and some feel like they could rightfully go on forever. Harlem River is one of the latter. I can see them sitting in the studio locked into this groove and looking at each other like “should we just keep going?” and everybody just nodding their heads ‘yes’ in time to the beat. This song really takes me back to the last time I was in Barcelona, as this record was pretty much stuck in the CD player the whole time I was there. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. And whenever Harlem River came on, we all tried to figure out which song it kinda reminded us of, but nobody could really place it. After many more listens, I feel like maybe, for me, The Black Lips tune 'Veni Vidi Vici' comes to mind the most (I was going to mix the two on this episode, but I'd already included 'VVV' back on Episode 002).
I'm writing this blog post in the early hours of the morning, squeezing it in before I head off to a building site to rip up old floor boards. The Districts' sophomore album officially came out yesterday, so even though I have so far only listened to the opening track, I'm going to go out on a very large limb and say that the whole thing is excellent. How could it not be? Have you heard their first album? And this first track? I don't know about you, but part of my motivation for going out into the cold to catch the bus is knowing that I'm going to have A Flourish And A Spoil blasting in my headphones (in fact, I'm gonna push 'publish' on this post and go do that now). You should go do the same.
Alright, that's it from me for today. If you made it down here without pushing play or clicking on any of the things above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artists a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the other songs from this episode that I haven't already talked about. Yeah? Yeah.