JESSICA MARLOWE AND THE WILDTRACKS
The Wildtracks is the new band project of Jessica Marlowe who has been writing new solo material for four years. In the early 21st century, Jessica wrote music for and was the singer and member of the Bristol experimental pop band Mooz.
The Wildtracks were formed in London when Jess invited bassist Vanessa Marlowe,Boris Exton from Chikinki and the Precious Mings (keyboards, fx and loop pedals) to work with her on solo material and they started rehearsing together. At their first performance she asked Michael Ho if he wanted to be the drummer.
The current line-up was cemented in 2009 and The Wildtracks have been playing gigs and working together ever since, to record their first album.
Jess Marlowe has been writing songs for this new project and cites film soundtracks as a great influence on her approach to song writing, drawing from the imaginative and fictional. The songs to be featured on the first album (release date to be confirmed) were recorded in Berlin at Radio Transmission Records studio. The tracks for the album are currently in the final stages of production.
Jess’ influences are as broad as the film music of Burt Bacharach, Kate Bush, Talk Talk and Bulgarian music as well as good old Rock n Roll. Boris’ keyboards are reminiscent of Max Crook from Del Shannon, trapped in a distorted infinitely feed- backing loop.
‘I have been improvising for many years now trying to find the right mood and lyrics that resonate with our times, not just touching on personal experience but on many perspectives .The alienation of the personal, growing up with false dreams, different ideas of war, images from films.
I enjoy the process of automatic writing and creating images through song. Sometimes drawing from life, sometimes from the screen, our memories are being shaken.
The songs ‘big dream’ and ‘I bring you here’ present the hopeful in a nearly hopeless scene. After the floods, waiting for the war to end, the distance between people, the dreamers, the distraction to act.’
Jess Marlowe’s presence on stage is stark and strong, the songs are sharp, vocally soaring, haunting and create images of pre- apocalyptic dreams in the city. Jessica’s voice is immediate and sometimes restrained even spoken and during the music’s crescendo it finally begins to lose its rag, falls apart, lets go. Boris’ impressive keyboards arppegiate and add tones to the eerie landscape using the keys and pedals to great effect adding melodrama and tension, songs from a world viewed through a pitch bending eye.
Mike holds the swing, dynamic drums that are sometimes tribal, minimal and powerful.
11.12.13 @Buffalo Bar Highbury and Islington
17.02.13 @ the Bar and Kitchen.Hoxton.London
NTS live performance on ‘Imagination Land’
Jess Marlowe & The Wildtracks
11.10.12 at The Windmill,Brixton.
21st July @Cafe Kino,Bristol
Sat 14th Apr @ The Hydrant Main Bar
Friday 09.11.12 @ The GrainBarge,Bristol