Jessi & the Mechanics is a New York-based indie rock band featuring lead singer Jessi Mechanic's powerful voice and songwriting. Their debut LP, "Wandering in Roam", coheres around minor melodies and cutting, Elliot Smith-style lyrics. The four piece band also features guitarist Jason Ide, bassist Rishabh Natarajan and drummer Mikael Parlow.
With the intensity of Florence Welch and the bluesy, undertone of Amy Winehouse, Jessi's voice is the center of gravity in the album. In "Too Far Gone", Jessi's confessional words hit their marks with violence and intensity: "Strangles you and leaves a mark round your neck/reflections in mirrors won't let you forget."
The songs can lift you up with Motown melodies ("Just Be"), or propel you through the darkness of a post-punk city at night ("Wandering in Roam"). Driven by catchy hooks and guitar riffs, Jessi and the Mechanics takes psycho-physical pain and makes it luminous.
released 15 December 2012
Jason Ide, Jessica Mechanic, Rishabh Natarajan, Mikeal Parlow
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