It’s not every day that we’re told that an artist’s new album is addressed to their own constant nervousness but then again, it’s not every day prodigious Canadian songstress Jessy Lanza announces the arrival of a new LP.
Titled ‘Oh No’ and set to arrive on Hyperdub this May, the label have been quick to outline the circumstances under which the work was made, sharing that the pressure of music making, which used to calm her nerves, has led to a “whole new world of contingencies that stoke the anxiety mill.” The exclamation ‘Oh No’, for Jessy, marks “yet another incident of randomness interrupting her tranquillity” we’re told. Yet, having given the album a listen – yes, we’ve already snagged a copy – we have to say we agree with the label when they say this emotional turmoil seems to be at odds with the confidence and spontaneity of this album as well as recent collaborations with the likes of Caribou, DJ Spinn and Morgan Geist.
Made in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, with production partner Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys, the album to anyone who didn’t know better sounds more like a joyous account of an artist in her creative prime, taking influence from the experimental pop of Japanese 80s electro outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra and shaping it into something new for a contemporary audience.
A marked step forward for her sound, we’re looking forward to catching Jessy perform her new material live as she as she tours with Junior Boys in February and plays a number of headline European shows from May to June before heading back across the Atlantic in July for a North American tour. See you soon Jessy!