Los Angeles-based musician Jess Cornelius releases a new single/video, Body Memory, from her debut album, Distance, out July 24th. It follows the Roy Orbison tinged rave-up, Kitchen Floor.
Cornelius first began writing the songs that would comprise Distance after moving from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles. At the time, she was excited to start fresh after several years as the primary songwriter in the band Teeth and Tongue. But the distance she addresses over the album is hardly a geographical one. The journey over Distance is a celebration of newness. New beginnings and new perspectives on endings. From the chaos of a vagabond lifestyle to expecting a child just weeks before the albums’ release and researching how to tour as a mother in the coming years.
Body Memory sounds so good. I like the calming electro-rhythm. Besides, the vocals are outstanding. Furthermore, I’m also a fan of the smooth guitar work.
Lyrically, Cornelius delivers. On Body Memory, the last song she wrote for the record, She intones: ”When we met I used to make you laugh/then we lost the baby and it broke my heart,” adding later: “My body has a memory and it won’t forget.”
Its accompanying video, the second Cornelius’ made since the start of the pandemic lockdown, was created by Cornelius and her partner and filmed on an iPhone at Lake Isabella, California.
The Los Angeles-based musician has her own style. The song deserves to be heard. It’s a masterpiece.
You can stream Body Memory on Spotify or YouTube!