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The time-honoured admonition to “write what you know” might be a cliché, but there’s a lot of wisdom in it. The most powerful, emotionally resonant work usually comes from artists who pour details of their own lives into what they create. Such is the case with Jessicka, who describes the overarching themes of her upcoming album as “coming of age mixed with coming to terms with reality.” In spite of their sometimes heady and dark lyrical content, Jessicka’s songs are buoyed by propulsive rhythms and sharp hooks. Left-of-centre influences rub up against an unabashed love of pop music, and the results are as visceral as they are cerebral.
Produced by Bradley Ferguson, who also contributes limber bass lines throughout, her upcoming EP features contributions from some of the Vancouver music scene’s top players, including Juno Award-winning violinist Jesse Zubot and members of Mother Mother.
Jessicka and her band plan to hit the road soon in support of the record but don’t expect a tame singer-songwriter showcase or a sit-down recital. “I love being able to move around to music, so we worked on making something I could dance to,” Jessicka says. “I’ve got too much energy to just stand behind a microphone.”