In 2013, Jessie Jones gave up her possessions, vanished into the nothingness of farm country, and found herself on interstellar overdrive â€“ far away from her Disneyfied home in Orange County. For three years, she had fronted Feeding People. The teenage byproduct of gloomy acid trips and gospel choirs, Feeding People released two albums. The then-19-year-old Jones, with her bluesy growl and whimsical melodies, was being compared to Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and Janis Joplin.
“Jessie Jones’ voice is even more compelling than her backstory,” said SPIN’s David Bevan in 2013. The reality is that there’s no separating Jones’ backstory from her cosmic instrument, which was dulled by the breakup of Feeding People in 2013, and her own existential crisis.
In 2014, her voice – and inspiration – returned to her with primal intent, like the caterwauling echoes of coyotes deep in the Hollywood hills. Earlier this year, Jones began singing with paranormal proto-punk outfit Death Valley Girls, which allowed her to release her demons and find salvation during what Jones describes as the “most cosmically ordained project” of her life.
Reveling in the quantum wobble of her own alternative reality, Jones is now releasing her self-titled debut on Burger Records by channeling the voices in her head; not quite the sanitarium blues of Roky Erickson, but a mÃ©lange of Jim Morrison mysticism; a more stripped-down MGMT meets early-Grouplove; and Syd Barrett reverie. Jones’ debut this summer features guest appearances by drummer Duke Mushroom, violinist Hannah Glass, and King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas. Jessie Jones is out July 24th on Burger Records.