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Album Review

Over a series of tuneless vocals and duets, Jessamine's debut album presents some of the most intriguing noise-pop since My Bloody Valentine and Medicine were in their heyday. From the textural noise of the opener, it might be assumed that the group pursues distortion for its own sake, though later vocal tracks "Secret," "Royal Jelly Eye Cream" and "Inevitably" each include delicious pieces of guitar distortion that accents the fragile melodies exceptionally well. Slipping between abstract noise akin to label-mates Labradford and bass-driven pop songs may not be for everyone, but Jessamine does it better than most.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Galion, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Drone-rockers Jessamine formed in the college town of Galion, Ohio before relocating to Seattle, where they earned notice for "Your Head Is So Small..., " a 1994 single on the Sub Pop label. After signing to Kranky, Jessamine — vocalist/guitarist Rex Ritter, bassist/vocalist Dawn Smithson, keyboardist Andy Brown and drummer Michael Faeth — issued their self-titled debut in 1995; their follow-up, The Long Arm of Coincidence, was released a year later. A Pox on You, a collaboration with...
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