With the release of 2014’s Native State, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Jess Williamson first caught the attention of the blogosphere and elsewhere for a deeply personal album inspired by a return home in which she spent time reconsidering both the current course and direction of her life. Her highly-anticipated sophomore effort Heart Song was recorded direct to tape by Erik Wofford, best known for his work with The Black Angels and Bill Callahan at Cacophony Studios and by the band at Williamson’s house, and the album slated for a November 4, 2016 release reportedly will explore a number of themes — including strength in vulnerability, the serene power of silence and empty spaces and whether one can truly come home or not while revealing an artist, who has grown both personally and as an artist.
“See You In A Dream” is Heart Song‘s latest single and it will further cement the Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter’s burgeoning reputation for crafting material that’s lush and cinematic while being profoundly intimate and vulnerable. The ache, longing, recrimination and resolve at the core of the song not only evokes the lingering ghosts that drift and haunt your loneliest moments — perhaps drinking alone at your local bar, when everyone else has gone home and the bartenders are beginning to clean up and shut down for the night. And much like Vera Lynn‘s “Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart” Williamson’s “See You In A Dream” there’s a sense of regret and begrudging acceptance of people growing apart, of relationships ending and something that was once part of your present becoming part of a growing and complicated past.
Directed by Daniel Hill, the recently released video for “See You In A Dream” was inspired by an old Roky Erickson video and was shot mostly on VHS — with the VHS footage representing dream sequences, emphasizing both the ache and the lingering ghosts that inhabit the sparse arrangement.
Williamson and her backing band will be embarking on a tour to support the new album in November and it includes a November 18 stop at The Footlight. Check out tour dates below.