Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jess Nolan has released “Clockwork,” the latest from her forthcoming LP, ‘93, out on September 8th via Ani DiFranco’s label, Righteous Babe Records.
“We tracked ‘Clockwork’ while the movie Labyrinth was playing on the studio TV on mute, and I’d like to think David Bowie’s spirit came through for the sonic energy of it,” Nolan says. “I see the lyrics of this song as a letter to myself on a continued journey of self-awareness. With age, I’m gaining new perspective on my patterns and instead of chastising myself in the process, I’m working to cultivate a kinder inner voice. We have the power to choose how we talk to ourselves. I hope the feel of this song is a reminder to face what’s uncomfortable with gentle honesty and shake free any prideful attempts to undermine ourselves.”
Nolan is an old soul and a skilled creator who continuously channels a palate of creative endeavors. A member of Jenny Lewis’ all-female touring band, she is an in-demand collaborator, lending her writing, vocal, and instrumentalist talents to projects by artists like Joy Oladokun, Katie Pruitt, Lydia Luce, and more.
The seeds of her new LP, ’93, sprouted in the height of 2020. In the midst of the initial involuntary stillness, she planted a backyard vegetable garden, moved her involvement in mentoring young female songwriters online, and traveled back to her New Jersey hometown to stay with family for weeks at a time. In the face of uncertainty, strong, deeply-rooted feelings came pouring out, resulting in 10 poignant reflections on rebirth, reconnection, and mindfulness.
With an intention for listeners to feel grounded from its first moment, ‘93 is meant to be a meditation, bringing a sense of rootedness in its execution. “The process of recording this was relaxed,” Nolan recalls. “It’s the safest I’ve ever felt while creating something.”
“Writing this album was a declaration that I will not give up on myself,” she continues. “Only from that place can I fully show up for those around me. I have so much gratitude for this process of making songs and sharing them. It mimics the natural cycle of things… life, death, life. I see this record as a true reimagining of myself musically and personally. My hope is that it can provide love and comfort to those who need it.”
Nolan will provide opening support for singer-songwriter Bre Kennedy beginning September 28th in Los Angeles, a full list of dates is below. Click HERE to pre-save/pre-order ‘93.
8/8 – Desert 5 Spot – Los Angeles, CA
9/28 – Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, GA*
9/30 – Different Wrld – Asheville, NC*
10/2 – DC9 – Washington, DC*
10/4 – The Funhouse – Millvale, PA*
10/14 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY*
*w/ Bre Kennedy
Photo Courtesy: Taylor Ann Bogner