Jess Williamson, “Blood Song”

Julia Selinger

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“You haven't felt awake for days and days and days . . .” With lyrics like these, Jess Williamson is here to ring in your seasonal affective disorder. But the Austin-based singer/songwriter proves that maybe that's not such a bad thing. “Blood Song” is music for the time of year when fall inches towards winter; when walks through the woods are in want of contemplative soundtracks and emotive lyrics. In that regard, “Blood Song” delivers. Replete with morose fingerpicking, an Appalachian twang, and husky vocals reminiscent of Karen Dalton, “Blood Song” is a preview of Williamson's forthcoming debut.

Native State is out January 28 via Brutal Honest, with limited vinyl now available for preorder.

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