Jessica Moss is best known as violinist, backing vocalist and co-composer with the acclaimed cult band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and for her involvement in multiple records by Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista and two albums by Vic Chesnutt. Pools Of Light is her first full-length solo album, following the 2015 self-released cassette Under Plastic Island(recorded with Guy Picciotto of Fugazi). It will be out on May 5th via Constellation Records. “Glaciers I (Pt I)” is the first excerpt. Listen below.
Moss explains: “As a solo performer, I feel an alignment with the transportive nature of storytelling tradition. My music is narrative, and I feel it’s subjects are already on everyone’s mind (climate change, refugee crisis, plastic garbage island floating in the sea…). My aim is to create a space where we can reflect on these things together. I prefer not to use too many words to relate; once the ideas are contextualized, conjuring images with sounds and melodies feels just as powerful to me and also more accessible in many ways. I don’t have an agenda, certainly not a solution, just a great sense of empathy and desire to be sharing space and experiences. I believe that having these transporting moments together can be both a balm and a way to receive energy to move forward, to engage.”