Heather Leigh Murray – Jailhouse Rock LP

NNF153

It’s been a while since Scorces sorceress, Jandek collaborator, and Volcanic Tongue branch manager Heather Leigh ventured out on vinyl under her own name. And it may be a while longer, as Jailhouse Rock is in fact a reissue of a 2006 cassette on Michigan crud factory Fag Tapes. Sprawling, long-form voyages of electric disorientation powered by pedal steel and voice. Jailhouse feels loosely more aligned with a mid-aughts drone/noise aesthetic than the outsider dirt road Americana of Devil If You Can Hear Me but the distinction is slight. Side A swims in swooping sheets of vox and tempestuous wind tunnel dynamics before slowly dying to wheezing, disembodied harmonica, while the B begins more overtly beautiful, a trinity of crystalline notes picked and stretched until they dissolve into a rapturous sky of textural distortion. Sensual and vertigo-inducing in equal measures. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with new artwork by Heath Moerland (Sick Llama, Slither, Odd Clouds, etc).