Jessie Early refuses to blend in.
After releasing her single Holy Ghost, I knew the rest of the album was going to be something completely original. I was already enamored by the airy arena drums and perfectly harmonized background vocals on the single.
Wild Honey, the EP released in late March, has garnered a lot of local attention here in Nashville. Wild Honey channels innovative arrangements and lighter-than-air vocals to create a unique sound.
Keeping in trend, the ’80s pop sound is predominant throughout the album. However, there is a delicate balance of influences throughout the album that has their own moments. Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, and even Sylvan Esso have helped cultivate the influences for this album.
Even though it is considered pop, there is an intensity and sincerity that laces each song on the EP. There is a feeling of duality with more upbeat songs like Holy Ghost and Living on Your Love that contrast the slower beats of Body Can’t Hold. Even so, it feels like a reflection of a true songwriter and storyteller in the raw moments of walking through emotions.
Wild Honey has renewed my hope in modern pop music. It stands alone in a sea of good as something great.
I think I speak for all of us when I say I look forward to hearing more from this pop powerhouse!
“WILD HONEY REALLY FEELS LIKE A COLLAGE OF THE LAST FEW YEARS OF MY LIFE…MARRIAGE, LOVE, FIGHTING, CRYING, PRAYING, FAILING, LAYING IN MY LIVING ROOM FLOOR STARING AT THE CEILING, DREAMING, DRIVING, DANCING IN THE KITCHEN. THE EP WAS SORT OF A COLLAGE OF THESE EVERYDAY MOMENTS.” -Jessie Early