New musical enchantress Jessica Winter, has released her debut solo single ‘Sleep Forever’. It’s a haunting piece of trap-laced gothic-pop and is an ethereal introduction to her perverse world and the upcoming debut EP Let’s Keep It Shallow.
Jessica explains, “This song is about loss, hopelessness and love. I lost a loved one and I would have recurring dreams of them, I’d wake up realising I’d lost them all over again.
“The middle of the song has bells because I’d always wake up to the ice cream van driving down my road when I’d spend summer days in bed. ‘I want to sleep forever’ was how I felt at that time and sometimes still do.”
Both a thrilling producer and songwriter, Jessica has emerged from her bedroom studio in Brixton, developing a lustrous and unique sound derived from a diverse teenage soundscape. With influences spanning multiple genres including artists such as Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Nick Cave and Siouxsie & The Banshees to Death Grips, Lil Peep, Marilyn Manson and Twenty One Pilots, she began bringing her music ideas to life with little more than a cheap microphone, a laptop and a second hand piano.
The result is an extraordinary collection of songs that will feature on the debut EP Let’s Keep It Shallow, due out in September this year. It’s a piece of work that smashes the modern beats and lackadaisical vocals of US cloud rap with techno, grime and at least three decades of pop. It’s music to make you feel uncomfortable and provoke serious anxiety in those with a desire to neatly categorise their listening habits.
Jessica’s appreciation for other art forms and the ability to use it to support important causes has seen her launch the Haunt The Haus club nights in London. It showcases other creatives from live music, indie film, spoken word, performance art and more and brings them together as a community to spread awareness of a particular issue such as plastic waste, climate change, animal extinction and more.
Jessica will now be bringing her eccentric solo live show on the road and has confirmed a date at London’s The Waiting Room on April 17th, ahead of a headline date in Copenhagen and a support to Death Grips in Stockholm. She will also be appearing at this year’s Field Day Festival where she will be opening the main stage.
April 17th – The Waiting Room, London
May 30th – Pumphuset, Copenhagen (headline)
June 2nd – Sodern Teatern, Stockholm (supporting Death Grips)