I first saw Jessie Baylin many years ago when she was a special guest at a show my friends in ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) were playing at the Troubadour. I was immediately impressed by her voice. I remember she did a cover of a pretty famous song and killed it (wish I remember what it was!). Since then, I’ve mostly heard her name mentioned in conjunction with Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill – her husband as of 2009.
I noticed a new album from her, “Little Spark”, in my stacks of CDs at home but it wasn’t until Jason started playing the single “Hurry Hurry” that I really started to take notice. She moved to Nashville to live with Nathan, but she’s far from country. The overwhelming stylistic note is classic Brill Building-era pop (even the sound of that bell right at the beginning).
The song is full of richness — her voice, the backing vocals, simple orchestration – it just strikes all the right notes.
Her album will be out January 17. Enjoy!