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Great new old sound
on January 26, 2012
I too heard Jessie Baylin being interviewed on NPR. The music instantly struck a chord with me. It is so reminiscent of 60s girl-group pop but it fits very well into the new millennium. Baylin was inspired by the great Brill Building songwriters. The music is very much in that mode, and her voice is perfect for it, girly but not too precious. It's hard to compare her voice to anyone else singing today, but Laura Veirs is close. Baylin is completely sincere and invested in the music. If you are turned off by She & Him, as I am, I would definitely say to give this record a try - you might just find what you're looking for.
I am liking this record the more I listen to it. The music is so infectious, I always find myself humming it after I turn it off. Initially I was a little underwhelmed by the lyrics, but they don't bother me so much after listening several times. (After all, the lyrics that came out of the Brill Building do not usually qualify as great poetry.)
Jessie Baylin is married to Nathan Followill from Kings of Leon. I don't see those two acts on a double bill. Baylin is way softer and more vulnerable. Physically she styles herself to capitalize on her resemblance to Dusty Springfield.
Although Baylin says she was not trying for a retro sound, to me it's pretty retro, and that's what I like about it. Also that it doesn't sounds like anyone else singing today. Retro and fresh at the same time - that's a good combination.