New York indie label Mexican Summer seems to always have an artful way of doing things. With their new singles series Looking Glass, the songs as well as the artists who’ve participated so far are as artful as the idea. While Jess Williamson may have just released her lovely new album Sorceress, her new single as part of the series should turn heads even more so. With “Pictures of Flowers (feat. Hand Habits)” she takes her smoky voice to a new place without leaving behind anyone who followed her in the beginning.
Where Hand Habits offers up just enough jangle, Williamson meets them with her wafting timber. Magical in its presentation and subtle in its approach, the two artists intertwine in ways that work together like a clutch and a shifting knob. Jarvis Taveniere of Purple Mountains offers up percussion to stand alongside Duffy’s slide guitar while Williamson takes the lead and all of the beauty comes forward. There’s an honesty and simplicity here that makes the song work well, while you’ll definitely have it in your ears well after the first listen.
Image Credits: Kathryn Vetter Miller.