Jess Williamson released her last album Cosmic Wink just under two years ago. While remaining rooted in her folk and country origins, the album found her subtly pushing and expanding her sound. Now, she’s about to return with another album — and, presumably, it could continue the growth and slow-burn wider acclaim we saw on Cosmic Wink. The new album has a similarly mystical name, Sorceress, and it’ll arrive in May.
Along with the announcement, Williamson has shared a lead single called “Wind On Tin.” The song depicts a person attending a memorial service for a friend, in a remote desert town, when she thinks she hears the voice of God. Here’s what Williamson had to say about it:
Grief has a way of making the veil between worlds very thin. Prior to the memorial service, I was sitting on a porch passing around a guitar and drinking beers with a few very dear people in my life who I look up to greatly and who were very close to the person who had passed. We heard an unexplainable sound in the wind that made us all pause. Like a flute, but more angelic. It kept going. We tried, unsuccessfully, to record it. The sound was indescribably beautiful and heavenly. “Were the angels singing just for us, or is that what the wind out here does on tin?” Regardless of the answer, I know that for that brief moment we were lucky initiates into the mystery realm, and I’m deeply grateful.
“Wind On Tin” does what the best of Williamson’s recent songs do — it plays out like a classic folk-rock track, but has these little embellishments and touches that make it feel a touch more psychedelic, ever so slightly surreal. It comes with a video, directed by Williamson and Eli Welbourne, and featuring Williamson dancing against a variety of LA backdrops. Check it out below.
02 “As The Birds Are”
03 “Wind On Tin”
05 “Infinite Scroll”
06 “Loves Not Hard To Find”
07 “How Ya Lonesome”
08 “Rosaries At The Border”
09 “Ponies In Town”
10 “Harm None”
11 “Gulf Of Mexico”
05/31 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
06/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
06/05 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
06/06 – Seattle, WA @ Clock Out Lounge
06/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
06/11 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
06/13 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
06/14 – Montreal, QC @ Esco
06/16 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
06/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
06/20 – Washington, DC @ DC9
06/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06/25 – Dallas, TX @ Ruins
06/26 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk Inside
06/27 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
06/29 – Tucson, AZ @ Exo
Sorceress is out 5/15 via Mexican Summer. Pre-order it here.