Known for penning indie guitar-pop tracks that are at times subtle and full of melancholy, at times delivered with an acerbic tongue, but always steeped heavily in narrative, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Jess Locke shares ‘Dead and Gone‘, the third single off her forthcoming album Don’t Ask Yourself Why out Friday 26 March via Dot Dash Recordings.
To celebrate the new single, Jess Locke announces an 8-date Victorian tour, performing to audiences in Melbourne, Ballarat, Kyneton, Castlemaine, Beechworth and Warrnambool, kicking off Saturday 30 January – tickets on sale now here.
As premiered on triple j’s Home & Hosed, ‘Dead and Gone’ “is a catharsis, a shedding of the old and an embrace of what’s to come.” explains Locke. “Singing it feels like vomiting up my sadness and regret and finding a moment of peace. People probably think that all singers always love singing, but that’s not true for me. Sometimes it feels like work and it takes a lot of energy. But I enjoy singing this song. I like the way it feels in my throat and my body. To me, this song isn’t just about moving on and healing, it is that in itself. I wish I could say that about more songs, but I can say it about this one. One of my favourite moments on the record is at the end of this song, when the humble little folk tune flies off into the sky in a looping, weaving, transcendent celebration of sounds. It’s a metamorphosis in real time.”
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