New York, NY (May 2, 2018) – Chicago sound-weaver Jessica Risker will see her new album, I See You Among The Stars, released this Friday, May 4 on Western Vinyl. The title-track single is featured on this week’s episode of NPR All Songs Considered. To celebrate the release Jessica Risker will perform next Tuesday, May 8 in Chicago at the Empty Bottle.
Cover photo credit: Rachel Winslow
Comprised of eight aural vignettes, I See You Among The Stars is a wood-grained, amber-hued world respectfully orbiting influences like Nick Drake, Sibylle Baier, and the softest moments of Broadcast. Paisley fabrics fade beneath an uncovered window, while dust and smoke billow gently through the sunbeams that never fully reach the dark half of the room. The collection of psychedelic folk tunes achieves what the best music in the genre does: pictures with tangible depth, color, and detail painted with only a few well-chosen pigments. There is a perfect thread of quiet despair that renders the playfulness of its surroundings subversive and slightly wicked, making the whole affair psychedelic in the actual sense of the word. Sure, the colors may be brighter, but the shadows are also longer and darker.
I See You Among the Stars is an exemplar of spaced out psych-folk that seeks to convey the intimacy and introspection of a woman going about her simple matters at home, while creating an atmosphere to provide melancholy accompaniment to these very tasks. But the final result is something much more: a polyhedral, exploratory, and mystifying peer into a detailed pop-up storybook that reflects the mind and heart of its luminous creator.
05/08 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle [tickets]