Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Kiss Me Again” by Jessica Lea Mayfield from her 2008 album With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt on Polymer Sounds.
Upon first listen to Jessica Lea Mayfield’s single “Kiss Me Again” from this debut release, I was pretty sure I was in some bizzaro version of a college 3:00 AM make-out session with a mid-West, folked-out version of Mazzy Star providing the moody soundtrack. It’s hard to remove Mayfield from the Hope Sandoval (lead singer of Mazzy Star) comparison, but the musical similarities end at their shared moody vocal inflection. In exchange for providing background vocals on The Black Key’s track “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be” off of Attack and Release, eighteen year-old (eighteen!) Mayfield, known as “Chittlin’” to her family and friends, had The Black Key’s guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach produce her first solo album, which was recorded over the course of two years in Auerbach’s home studio in Akron, OH.
Currently, Jessica Lea Mayfield is taking her laid-back, dark folk on the road, and next week, on October 22nd, she will be performing live during KEXP’s broadcast from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. Listen in next Thursday at 7AM (PST). For now, here’s a preview, of Chitlin’ performing “Bible Days,” the source of her album’s title, at her home in Kent, OH: