Folk musician Jess Williamson released her new album Sorceress on May 15th via Mexican Summer. Sorceress was written in Los Angeles, recorded at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn, and then finished at Dandy Sounds, a home studio on a ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Jess Williamson grew up in Dallas, Texas but moved to sunny LA some years ago at the time of her previous record Cosmic Wink. While she’s stayed true to her deep country roots, the music has grown in its ambitions. Offering a deep-hued kaleidoscope of dusty ‘70s cinema, ‘90s country music, and breezy West Coast psychedelia, Sorceress weaves a woman’s wild love letters to a confusing present and uncertain future—with reflections on femininity and the pursuit of perfection, New Age beliefs and practices, critiques of capitalism and social media, southern and western landscapes , and intimate details of the lives and deaths of loved ones and friends. It’s a record about loss of innocence and acquired wisdom that’s self-critical, self-assured, and soul-searching.