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Jessica Bailiff


Jessica Bailiff's music can leave you haunted for days, lost in a dark, introspective world where her music serves as the only dim light by which you can see. Yes, it's slow; yes, it's an outgrowth of her four-track experimentation; yes, it's so chilling that it could almost be called Goth. These dirges were helped into being by Low's Alan Sparhawk, and similarities between the two outfits are clear; but place comparisons aside when listening to Bailiff's work, for she is enough of a singular personality that her music survives quite well on its own. The ingredients she and Sparhawk use aren't uncommon, but they're put to great effect: searing guitar noise that's always on the verge of exploding, rumbling basslines that command the listener's attention and drive songs along gingerly, and drums that, though as lackadaisical as they come, always manage to make their entrance right at the necessary moments. For Slowcore and Dream Pop fans, Bailiff's music is a right treat.

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