I’ve written a bit about the up-and-coming 24 year-old, Los Angeles, CA-born and-based singer/songwriter Jesse Jo Stark, and as you may recall, Stark’s parents, Laurie Lynn and Richard Stark are the founders and owners of high-end silver jewelry brand Chrome Hearts, which has expanded into gold, diamond accessories, leather, clothing, furniture, incense and eyewear, and as a result, the young singer/songwriter grew up in an environment that fostered creative expression of all types. Interestingly enough, the youngest Stark was initially known as a model, who as a young teen was photographed by Gilles Bensimon for Elle Magazine before venturing into design, creating the critically applauded Pete Punk collection, a fashion line largely inspired by the punk era.
Unsurprisingly, music and fashion go hand-in-hand and Stark felt the pull to express herself musically, and under the guidance and collaboration of The Sex Pistols‘ Steve Jones, Guns ‘N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan and others, Starks began writing and recording her own original material, material that drew a variety of sources from country, punk and rock. The up-and-coming singer/songwriter has been busy balancing her fashion work with writing and recording her debut effort but she has managed to release a handful of singles including the dusty, Western gothic “Fire of Love.”
Stark’s latest single “Dandelion” is an atmospheric and slow-burning bit of power ballad-style country and western, centered around reverb drenched guitar, soaring synths and an enormous, swooning hook that clearly sounds inspired by 50s and 60s country and Phil Spector pop — while sounding much like Lana Del Rey and JOVM mainstays Still Corners., complete with an aching longing at its core, thanks in part to Stark’s equally sultry cooing.
Directed by Connor Ellmann, the recently released video continues a run of sultry visuals — but unlike its immediate predecessor, it possesses a swooning nostalgia.