Jonesing for Jessie

8 Jun

“Yuma,” by Jessie Baylin is a wildly melancholy and passionate song about lost love. While this is a standard topic in music since the beginning of time, Baylin brings a fresh and retro unique vocal performance to make the tune stand out.

Baylin’s singer/songwriter roots are exposed in all its glory, here, with the rasp of Bonnie Raitt covering Joni Mitchell’s “That Song About The Midway” or Mitchell herself on “Little Green.” “Maybe I need the desert, or maybe I just need him” may be the most simple and emotional lyric on the entire track, beaming with deep honesty.

The barely there echo’s and twang guitar help to add an earthy and slightly ethereal vibe to “Yuma,” which match the content.

Heartbreaking and haunting at the same time, “Yuma” is nostalgic, poetic, songwriting that I feel even Joni Mitchell would be proud of.

Discography: Firesight (2008), Little Spark (2012)

Official Website: http://www.jessiebaylin.com

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