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Jessica Bailiff

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The arcane siren of post rock & pseudo ambient

  • Jun 1, 2009
I stumbled upon Jessica Bailiff after discovering that she was on the Kranky record label. I am a fan of Stars of the Lid (among other ambient acts) and was wondering who else was on the Kranky label. I heard a sample of the song "Swallowed" and decided to order this album, which is either called "Jessica Bailiff" and/or "Untitled". Regardless of the record's official name, I am pleased to report that this is a really great collection of music.

The term post-rock is used when describing Jessica Bailiff's music. I am not going to try and explain or label what "post-rock" is or is not, but I will do my best to illustrate what this album sounds like. Overall it is a very mellow and somewhat haunting album. The music almost has an ambient flavor to it. However vocals and guitar keep this from being ambient and more pseudo ambient and/or "post-rock" (I guess).

As for Jessica Bailiff's doleful and attractive vocals they almost bleed into the music and at times are almost difficult to hear. I find this as part of the charm and allure to the melodies on this album, much the band Cranes. There is also a great deal of distortion from the guitar on many of the songs on this album, but the strange part is that normally guitar distortion is loud and is utilized in faster paced songs, the opposite is true from Ms. Bailiff. The guitar distortion is almost hypnotizing in a mellow and droning sort of way.

My only complaint about this album/CD is the packaging. The CD comes inside a cheap cardboard case, Kranky does this with many of their CDs and I personally find it very vexing, mainly because upon taking the disc out of the cardboard it becomes stuck and can result in scratches. In contrast, the actually album cover is really cool looking, a very colorful image with an outline of a woman's head that is mirroring Jessica Bailiff.

In conclusion, this album would be great to relax to on a cold night or if a person wants to zone out. I also think this music would be cool to listen to while taking a walk outdoors, in a big open space of land. I am already looking at other albums in Jessica Bailiff's catalog to see what collection of music I wish to attain next.

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