JESSIE BAYLIN PERFORMS ON “LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS”
DARK PLACE OUT NOW TO WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM
ALBUM PRODUCED, ARRANGED AND MIXED BY RICHARD SWIFT
“… the record is a lush and slightly nostalgic collection that recalls big, warm AM radio singles, as well as soulful female vocalists like Dusty Springfield and Nancy Sinatra.” —T: The New York Times Style Magazine
“The effect is a melodious and relatable blend of bitter and sweet.” —Garden & Gun
“…stunningly thoughtful tenderness.” —NPR Music
“…keen sense of what makes a perfect folk-tinged pop song.” —KCRW
“…lovely, dark…a persistent rhythm drives layers of ethereal vocals and shimmering guitars like the wind behind a bank of clouds…” —Nashville Scene
Jessie Baylin recently performed her new song “Creepers (Young Love)” on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” The performance celebrates Baylin’s acclaimed new album, Dark Place, which is out now on Blonde Rat (Baylin’s own indie label via Thirty Tigers).
Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music praises, “Swift shrouds Baylin in lush, stylized strains of orchestral ‘60s pop a la Nancy Sinatra, as well as coolly atmospheric ‘90s dream-pop, rife with icy synth pads, gauzy reverb and lacerating guitar tones. At the center of it, Baylin is artfully, magnetically elusive, sounding as though she’s choosing to keep the deepest, most ineffable depths of her emotions to herself—profoundly moved by motherhood, but not defined by it. What a gift to give a daughter,” while The Huffington Post calls the album, “dreamy” and “gorgeous.”
In support of the release, the official music video for “Creepers (Young Love)” recently premiered at Entertainment Weekly and can now be viewed/shared via YouTube. Of the song and video Entertainment Weekly praises, “Dark, slinking, and sexy, the video is a perfect fit for the track about the animalistic pull towards the strangest of our desires.” Additionally, a new lyric video for the track “Black Blood” can be viewed/shared here.
Baylin will wrap-up a series of CD release shows with a special performance at L.A.’s The Troubadour on May 8. Additional tour dates to be announced shortly.
Baylin recorded Dark Place over nine days at Richard Swift’s studio in Cottage Grove, OR. Swift (Foxygen, Tennis) produced, arranged, mixed and performed all instrumentation on the album (except for Scotty Murray on guitar for “The Ringer”) with Baylin performing all vocals. Baylin and Swift also co-wrote six of the ten songs on the album.
Of her close collaboration with Swift, Baylin comments, “During the making of Little Spark, I first met Richard Swift and with him there was instant trust and chemistry. He was the first person who I felt saw me as an artist and he wasn’t expecting anything except for me to be myself.” Their relationship continued with the making of the Pleasure Center EP, released in November of 2011, and also marked the beginning of mapping out the next album. “In recording Dark Place we immediately understood the direction this album was going to undertake,” Baylin concludes.
Dark Place follows Baylin’s critically acclaimed 2012 release, Little Spark (Blonde Rat), of which NPR’s All Things Considered praised, “…evokes a sound you might have heard 40 years ago, piercing through the static of your AM radio. The big string sections and angelic choruses are all there, echoing the hallmarks of classic orchestral pop,” while Rolling Stone asserted, “…both seductive and distant, as if she’s singing across miles of echo and doubt. This is an album of potent moods.”
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DARK PLACE TRACK LIST
1. Creepers (Young Love)
2. To Hell And Back
3. Black Blood
4. White Noise
5. Kiss Your Face
6. All That I Can Do
7. The Ringer
8. London Time
10. Dark Place
11. Do You Wanna Dance