Thursday, 25 August 2011
Jezzy & The Belles - Confess Child
I have been a fan of music for so long that I sometimes begin to believe that everything that can be done with music has already been done, and that everything new that comes out is just a re-hash of whatever has gone before. Thankfully, every now and again I come across an act such as Jezzy & the Belles, which snaps me back into reality.
"Confess Child" starts out 'normally' enough, with it's mariachi trumpet and an arpeggiated guitar riff that resembles something from Radiohead's "In Rainbows" album. Then out of the blue, a drum & bass rhythm section breaks in, and we hear the breathtaking vocals of Jessica Eisenberg (the sole constant member of the band), whose Beth Gibbons-esque dark sensual style oozes through the busy production of Tonearm. If one was in a genre-inventing mood, I would label this style "folk and bass."
With the genre-hopping ease that Jessica Eisenberg exhibits throughout "Confess Child", and the rest of her "Compasses and Maps EP", would it be premature to declare this Brooklyn belle as the female Beck?