Jess Cornelius

  • When: 7th Mar 11:00am
  • Where: Girls Rock Stage
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Now based in LA, Jess Cornelius was born and raised in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne, Australia, where she released three critically acclaimed albums as Teeth & Tongue, receiving nominations for the Australian Music Prize and a J-Award in 2016. 

She first began writing the songs that would comprise her solo debut ‘Distance’ after moving from Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles. But the distance she addresses over the album is hardly a geographical one. Instead, ‘Distance’ finds a deft songwriter analyzing the space between society’s expectations for her and her own dreams; between a past she is ready to let go of and a future she could have hardly imagined.

While the sonic tones and textures on the album evoke certain classic staples of Americana, soul and rock and roll, Cornelius’ lyrics anchor the songs to a deeply personal place. Described by Pitchfork as “funny, self-effacing, and honest” she sings of a miscarriage, a messy romantic affair, and the frustrations that come with having a partner. As a result, the songs showcase her gift for delivering a devastating line over the most soothing of sounds.

With the help of producer Tony Buchen, ‘Distance’ became a roving affair, recorded in a string of Los Angeles studios with delicate and emphatic contributions from the local music scene, including Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), harpist Mary Lattimore, Emily Elhaj (Angel Olsen), Stephanie Drootin (Bright Eyes), Jesse Quebbeman-Turley (Hand Habits), whistler Molly Lewis, Justin Sullivan (Night Shop, Kevin Morby) and Laura Jean Anderson.

"An incredible new record."

Robin Hilton, NPR Music

"Winning songs about finding delight in despair…Cornelius handles heaviness with an enviable lightness, finding new resiliency in every rebound."