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7 December 2022
NYC songstress Jessie Kilguss honors Kate Bush with ‘Wuthering Heights’ cover
FOR FANS OF: Aimee Mann, Liz Phair, Kate Bush, Sharon Van Etten, PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams, Mary Margaret O’Hara
“Kilguss artfully pulls us into her wistful nostalgia with a bit of twang and a strummy, well arranged instrumental accompaniment” ~ Guitar World
“Stellar, pure, inspired and inspiring… her voice is as clear as her vision and every element of her music is perfectly placed” ~ The Spill Magazine
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“Sublime, serene, introspective and wonderfully imaginative… combining the best of Martha Wainwright, Carly Simon and Beth Orton” ~ The Record Stache
“Artfully beautiful, full of radiant harmonics, stylish rhythms and Jessie Kilguss’ enchantress-like tones. Imaginative and numinous” ~ Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“She uses her songs to probe possibilities that lie just below the surface, allowing them to resonate in ways that allow for greater interest and intrigue” ~ Goldmine Magazine
“Fluid and poised… Her flawless lyrical and melodic aesthetic relays uncompromising emotion in a light and flowing style” ~ The Aquarian
NYC-based indie-pop / folk artist Jessie Kilguss presents a gentle and sanguine acoustic rendition of ‘Wuthering Heights,’ first made famous by Kate Bush. Engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Charlie Nieland (Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, Blondie, Scissor Sisters) at Saturation Point Studios in Brooklyn, this stripped-down features only guitar, vocals, harmonium and glockenspiel.
With Kilguss handling vocals and harmonium, she is accompanied by Charlie Nieland on glockenspiel with guitar by Andrea Longato, who has played with some of today’s finest artists, including Jeremy Jordan, Alphonso Ribeiro, Duncan Sheik, Tony Vincent (The Voice) and Justin Guarini (American Idol).
“I’ve been covering this song live for a couple of years. I’m a big fan of Kate Bush. I read ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë when I was a teenager and loved it. I wonder if that would be the case as an adult. The song ‘Wuthering Heights’ really captures the spirit of the book in its melodrama and angst. I find it really fun to sing because of that,” says Jessie Kilguss.
“One of the things I love about Kate Bush is that she deals in big emotions and is a master storyteller. I find this song so compelling. It’s extraordinary that she wrote it when she was a teenager.”
This offering follows her recently-released ‘What Do Whales Dream About at Night?’ LP, a collection of eloquent indie folk, pop rock and Americana-tinged songs featuring drummer Brian Griffin (Patti Smith, Brandi Carlisle, Lana Del Rey), bassist Whynot Jansveld (The Wallflowers, Butch Walker, Sara Bareilles), award-winning composer-producer Naren Rauch on guitar, and Nathan Schram (Bjork, David Crosby, David Byrne), with whom Kilguss runs the non-profit organization Musicambia.
Mixed and mastered by Charlie Nieland, the album was co-produced by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Helium), Kilguss and her band members with Lasus also engineering.
A former actress, whose acting highlights include ‘The Crucible’ (with Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder) and the stage production ‘As You Like It’ (directed by Royal Shakespeare Company founder Sir Peter Hall), Kilguss made the switch to songwriting after working with two of her musical heroes – Marianne Faithfull and Mary Margaret O’Hara in the Tom Waits / William Burroughs musical ‘The Black Rider.’
In addition to writing and performing her own music, Kilguss also sings with Gramercy Arms, Jim Andralis and the Syntonics and Benjamin Cartel. She also performed at the Sundance Film Festival and with Freddie Stevenson, supporting The Waterboys for their European tour.
As of December 7, ‘Wuthering Heights’ is available from fine digital platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp, where Kilguss’ latest album ‘What Do Whales Dream About at Night?’ can also be found.
Recorded by Charlie Nieland at Saturation Point Studios (Brooklyn)
Jessie Kilguss – vocals and harmonium
Charlie Nieland – glockenspiel
Andrea Longato – guitar
Engineered, produced, mixed & mastered by Charlie Nieland
Cover artist photo by Shervin Lainez
Background photo by Jessie Kilguss
Cover designed by Scott MX Turner
ISRC code: US-L4Q-22-77764
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