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Romance with deep shadows

All the cool kids aren’t doing it. Which is exactly why you should check out With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, the debut album of Jessica Lea Mayfield. The newly released album hasn’t received a lot of hype, a hard thing to imagine, because after you take one listen to the album it’s hard to forget her stark, haunting, ambient voice.

Mayfield started touring at the age of eight with her family bluegrass band and recorded her first album, White Lies, at 15. Her new album has dubbed her, “the Queen of Darkness,” as her songs document love relationships from a skewed and melancholic vantage point. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter sounds undeniably distinctive with her downcast voice and monotonic harmonies. She’s a female Ray LaMontagne: soulful, heartfelt and incroyable.

“Kiss Me Again,” the opening track on her new album, was featured in the CW’s hit show, “Gossip Girl,” during the second season. So, maybe the cool kids are doing it… but who knows what’s cool these days, anyway?

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4 out of 5 stars

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