This week has been full of unexpected events, starting off with Jesse Jo Stark’s amazing performance at the Peppermint Club this past Tuesday 8/28. Knowing that she recently released her new EP “Dandelion” I was excited to see her perform all of her new music as well as to experience the venue, since I had never been which I loved. Sometimes I think of myself as an old soul because I just love old school music so much and both Jesse Jo and the venue put together this eclectic experience, a blast from the past but in a gothic dark rock and roll way.
I started following Jesse Jo because I admire her style, but once I heard her music I couldn’t get enough. She’s definitely one of a kind and I don’t think there’s anyone like her. She brings everything to the table: fashion, music, and passion. She knows who she is and what she likes and that’s what makes her special. There were definitely various moments that night where I thought I might be back in the 50s/60s or even the 80s, it’s hard to put into words, but let’s just say that it was like living in three different eras all at the same time. When an artist makes you feel something unique, that’s when you know they’re good and this is what Jesse Jo transmitted to the audience on Tuesday.
I hadn’t heard all of her new songs and I seriously loved them all. I’m definitely getting her EP, no questions asked. I have a rule when purchasing vinyls, I have to love all of the songs in it for me to buy it. That’s all I’m going to say. Still, there were a couple of other songs that were played that night that aren’t in the EP, which I’m hoping will soon be released.
Jesse’s music has this haunting sound which changes in different ways in each of her songs. It’s like one song is a sweet romantic ballad, but then there’s this other one that is very grunge and rock and roll while still keeping that sweet haunting melody. It’s definitely something you want to listen to and what that night was all about. There’s something about Jesse that reminds me of the female version of Dead Man’s Bones, which I’ve been a fan of for years. Both so dark yet very sweet to the ear.
I’m definitely eager to see what she’ll release next. It keeps getting better and better each time she releases new music. This girl is great and I’m sure you’ll love her as much as I do. Here’s a live performance of one of my favorite songs from Jesse Jo’s EP, “Dandelion”, enjoy.