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Jessie Kilguss • Sleepwalking Heart

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  Jessie Kilguss • Sleepwalking Heart

NYC-based song-savvy storyteller Jessie Kilguss presents her new single 'Sleepwalking Heart', a balanced uplifting dose of folk-pop with a video directed and produced by Alex Dar. On the tail of her 'Great White Shark'  single, both songs beautifully foreshadow what's coming on her new album 'What Do Whales Dream About at Night?', released four years after her album 'The Fastness'.

"This song was inspired by Mira Jacobs’ book 'The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing'. I wrote it in 2018 to perform in a show with the Bushwick Book Club, a performance series where songwriters all read the same book, write a song about it and perform the song at a public show. Although this song is about a specific book, I wanted it to be a bit broader and more mysterious," says Jessie Kilguss.

"We recorded it in LA in April 2021, just as it was kind of OK to be inside with people outside your bubble. I was so grateful to be making music with other people again. Because this hadn’t been allowed for a couple years, the whole recording experience was that much more meaningful and charged for me."

Working with the dream team of drummer Brian Griffin (Patti Smith, Brandi Carlisle, Lana Del Rey), bass guitarist Whynot Jansveld (The Wallflowers, Butch Walker, Sara Bareilles), and LA-based award-winning composer and producer Naren Rauch on guitar, they are joined by Nathan Schram (Bjork, David Crosby, David Byrne, The Attacca Quartet), with whom Kilguss runs the non-profit organization Musicambia.

Co-produced by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Helium) along with Kilguss and her band members (Brian Griffin, Naren Rauch, Whynot Jansveld), Lasus engineered the recordings, which were mixed and mastered by Charlie Nieland (Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, Blondie).

Kilguss is a former actress, whose acting highlights include the film adaptation of Arthur Miller’s 'The Crucible', starring Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder, and the UK production of 'As You Like It', directed by Royal Shakespeare Company founder Sir Peter Hall.

She made the switch to songwriting after working with one of her musical heros Marianne Faithfull in the London and Sydney productions of 'The Black Rider', a musical written by Tom Waits and William Burroughs, which was directed by Robert Wilson and also featured Mary Margaret O'Hara.
In addition to writing and performing her own music, Kilguss also sings with Gramercy Arms, Jim Andralis and the Syntonics and Benjamin Cartel, having previously performed at the Sundance Film Festival and with Freddie Stevenson, supporting The Waterboys during their European tour.
On August 17, 'Sleepwalking Heart' will be released across digital platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music., where 'Great White Shark' is already available. The full album 'What Do Whales Dream About at Night?' is out on September 📌23. That same evening (starting at 8:30 pm), Kilguss celebrate her album with a release show at Rockwood 3 in New York.

"Kilguss artfully pulls us into her wistful nostalgia with a bit of twang and a strummy, well arranged instrumental accompaniment" ~ Guitar World

“Stellar, pure, inspired and inspiring… her voice is as clear as her vision and every element of her music is perfectly placed. While performed with impeccable precision” ~ The Spill Magazine

"Finely-wrought, deep, dark valentine... well-crafted” ~ American Songwriter

“Artfully beautiful, full of radiant harmonics, stylish rhythms, and Jessie Kilguss’ enchantress-like tones. Imaginative and numinous" ~ Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"She uses her songs to probe possibilities that lie just below the surface, allowing them to resonate in ways that allow for greater interest and intrigue" ~ Goldmine Magazine

"Fluid and poised... Her flawless lyrical and melodic aesthetic relays uncompromising emotion in a light and flowing style" ~ The Aquarian


Jessie Kilguss

Sleepwalking Heart


17 August 2022

All songs written by Jessie Kilguss
Jessie Kilguss - vocals and harmonium
Brian Griffin- drums, percussion, keys & backing vocals
Whynot Jansveld - bass, keys & backing vocals
Naren Rauch - guitar, piano & backing vocals
Nathan Schram - strings
Recorded at Studio Red in North Hollywood in April 2021
Produced by Brian Griffin, Whynot Jansveld, Naren Rauch, Jessie Kilguss & Adam Lasus.
Engineered by Adam Lasus at Studio Red in North Hollywood
Mixed & mastered by Charlie Nieland
Artist photography by Shervin Lainez

Aug. 23 - Pete’s Candy Store with Gary Burton and the Highland Shatners
Sept. 23 - Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 - Album release show

Keep up with Jessie Kilguss
Website | Facebook | Bandcamp 
 Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud 
 YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music 


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