Jess Clinton Announces Single, "Sleeping Woman"
“Sleeping Woman”, the new single from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jess Clinton, sends a modest rage shivering down the spine of an imaginary mob of women, seething with a thirst to claim their place in the world. With its churning rhythms and free-wheeling rock nature amidst cool vocal sustains, “Sleeping Woman” jolts like heart awakened with curiosity by a distant sound in the night. The single is the second off of her upcoming album, Real Glass Heart, and is out for release June 10.
“Sleeping Woman” gives up all desire to hold back. Like a tortured soul clawing away at the soft tissue, desperately trying to break out, the single is inspired by an imagination of mystical women waking each other in the night to join forces in feminist solidarity. Trance-like guitar riffs fade in and out as various instrumental voices creep into the arrangement, taking up work as a cog in the movement of the piece. Along with the witchy instrumental tones boiling under the surface, Clinton’s “Soul Ride” reference in the chorus was sourced from the poem of Tam Lin’s Child Ballad. The “ride” refers to the ride of the fairies on All Hallow’s Eve. Clinton marvels in the idea that there will be a time when the “gates are open” and the spirit world will assist women in a supernatural quest to break down the barriers trapping them inside. “Sleeping Woman” encompasses a grooving rampage as its stripped-down soulfulness pours down like a storm of smoldering revolt.
Real Glass Heart, the upcoming album from Jess Clinton, embraces the human experience with imagery that is ironically articulate. Encompassing poetic contradictions, the album title alone intrigues the inner psyche to dive deeper, to reflect on one’s personal oxymorons. With Real Glass Heart, Clinton isn’t afraid to call out the paradox of being human. A heart can be fragile or strong, depending on how it is wrought, and Real Glass Heart explores the resources one takes to protect their own vessel. Themes of depression, nature, and heartbreak yearn for a place of solitude within the album. Songs like, “The Runaway” ache for physical and emotional escape, while the title track, “Real Glass Heart”, remind a broken heart that everything will simply be okay. With her “choose your own adventure” approach on songwriting, Clinton’s parallel narratives are as transparent as glass, yet anyone can see their own reflection within each song.
Real Glass Heart Track Listing
- The Runaway
- Tongue Tied
- Long Stem Roses
- Make It
- Old Neon Sign
- Real Glass Heart
- Sleeping Woman
About Jess Clinton
Jess Clinton grew up in Los Angeles with an upbringing steeped in the entertainment industry. A child to her mother actress and film composer father, some of her earliest memories include toddling around her father’s home recording studio, singing into the microphone at age three. Clinton attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in NYU, where she concentrated in Songwriting and Folk Musicology. From there, she went on to release music as a solo artist and with New York band, Bellehouse. Her first EP, Bare, Bare Bones (2009), was recorded at The Rainbow Garage in Woodland Hills, California, and her next EP, A Few for the Road (2012), was recorded at Clive Davis NYU and Braund Sound in New York City. Clinton then joined Bellehouse and wrote their self-titled EP and first recorded project as a band in 2015. Bellehouse released Capsized, a collaborative 10-song album, in 2017. Having been a part of an eclectic musical community in New York, Clinton is ready to release her upcoming album, Real Glass Heart. Her arsenal of skills for songwriting and acoustic and electric guitar come out on Real Glass Heart, which is out July 2019.