There’s a rich earthy quality to Jess Williamson’s stirring, country-rooted folk, at times reminiscent of the likes of PJ Harvey and Waxahatchee. With her new album Sorceress out this Friday, we caught up with the Texan-born, LA-based artist to talk baking bread, Joanna Newsom, and her dream gig.

Across her new album, Williamson holds a certain enchanting divinity as her swooning melodies and lilting instrumentation offer a mesmerising mystical experience. Windswept ballads filled with earnest, emotive songwriting are truly Williamson’s forte as her latest single ‘Smoke’ further demonstrates. Her honeyed crooning soars with crystalline clarity atop intricate guitar melodies, stirring basslines and jangly, shimmering percussion. ‘Smoke’ also offers another insight into Williamson’s compelling lyrical narratives as she populates her songs with intimate tales of wild women, love and spiritualism offering astute musings on the concerns and confusions of present-day existence. Speaking on ‘Smoke’ Williamson details “This song is about a codependent relationship. It’s told from the perspective of the person who keeps giving and giving, and, on some level, they like it”.

Get to know Jess Williamson In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

Mystic, Earthy, Evolving

Last photo on your phone…

My first attempt at homemade bread:

Favourite instagram account…

@inzane_johnny

The best venue I’ve played…

Botanique in Brussels. It is a cultural center with two venues inside, surrounded by a plant filled atrium, and outside are statues and gardens and a big fountain. It’s magical.

Earliest song you remember…

A Pirate Looks at Forty – Jimmy Buffet

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Poinsettia deliverer. I had a one day gig delivering poinsettias to fancy houses at Christmas many years ago. It was a promotional thing for a real estate company and it was soul crushing.

My favourite book…

An impossible question!! But ‘Man and His Symbols’ changed my life.

Things that cheer me up…

Flowers, a hot bath, kombucha

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

In nature surrounded by animals

I think you should listen to… 

Sam Burton – Sam is my good friend and he and I have played music together. He is starting to release his own music and it’s incredible.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Joanna Newsom. The last time I saw her play was 2016 at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur and I uncontrollably ugly cried the entire time. It was embarrassing, but I’m a huge fan. She had a show planned in LA on my birthday last December, but cancelled it under mysterious circumstances. She has yet to reschedule and I’m so sad about it.

‘Sorceress’ is out this Friday (15th May) via Mexican Summer.

Photo credit: Kathryn Vetter Miller