Jess Ribeiro‘s third album LOVE HATE is out now via Barely Dressed. Listen or download here.
The album is confirmation (if ever it was needed) that Ribeiro is one of the country’s most gifted and enigmatic songwriters, a master of genre, nonchalance, double-entendre, intuition and melody. Indeed it’s been confirmed by album features this week on Double J, 2SER and Edge Radio.
Opening track ‘Stranger‘ echoes the infatuation of poet Stendhal, and his recognition that “This is a love that lives only through imagination.”
In ‘Love is the Score of Nothing‘ Ribeiro nails Nico at her most unphased: “Sometimes you have to admit romantic defeat / I’m back on the street, alone this time / Singing Love is the score of nothing.”
But LOVE HATE is also powered by pure energy at times. ‘Chair Stare’ is a primal scream from the libido, written on a creative jaunt in Berlin. ‘Goodbye Heart’, recorded in the same city with Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, pays homage to Suicide’s Alan Vega, who had died the day before.
LOVE HATE ALBUM TOUR DATES
July 12 – Bearded Lady, Brisbane – Tickets
July 13 – 14 – Bello Winter Festival – Tickets
July 18 – OAF Gallery, Sydney – Tickets
July 19 – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul – Door sales only
July 26 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – Tickets
July 27 – Grace Emily, Adelaide – Tickets
August 2 – Rye Hotel, Rye – Tickets
August 3 – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine – Tickets