Jessica Lea Mayfield took the stage last year with her Dan Auerbach-produced debut With Blasphemy So Heartfelt. However you slice it — and most who’ve heard it slice it effusively — it’s a bewitching song cycle that has yet to reach all the ears it should. JLM is something like the Beirut of bootgazer; a stunningly mature songwriter relaying, at 19, a musical world of fully realized emotional dips, troves, and nuance. The desolate country folk that underpins her laments crests on waves of reverb and hazed, ambient guitar, guided home by a distinct and warmly aching vocal. And it sounds like she’s had her heart stomped on enough for someone twice her age. Sad, but that’s where the magic happens. With Blasphemy is the sort of record where every song is a potential favorite, but on the back of that description you can look at the bleak yet tender “Kiss Me Again” as one of the set’s signature song. This is Jessica’s first video. Like the album, you won’t believe it. Cracker Farm produced. She’s battling emptiness, demons, and a life falling apart, and the glass-plate sketches are a perfect impressionistic fit. Stay for the ending.
Jessica spoke in class today. You should have this: