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Jessica Weiser


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Alternative pop

Status:

New release, after silence (2002)

See also:

Jessica Weiser's MySpace page

Jessica Weiser's CDBaby page

Comparisons:

Tara MacLean, Emm Gryner, Juliana Hatfield. (Neile)

Covers/own material:

Own lyrics, co-writes music

General comments:

Fun/melancholy pop with a lot of promise. The overall sound seems to owe much to Tara MacLean, Emm Gryner and Juliana Hatfield but has its own feel. Jessica Weiser has a pure, strong soprano that gets more assured and nuanced with every release, and she has a growing talent as a songwriter. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

after silence

Recordings:


what has happened ep

Release info:

1998—JSW 07981-2

Availability:

Unknown

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of alternative pop

Group members:

Jessica Weiser—vocals, guitars

Guest artists:

Adam Drake-electric, acoustic, bass guitars, drum programming

Produced by:

Adam Drake and Jessica Weiser

Comments:

This is a fun/sad pop beginning. I will be looking for more work by Jessica Weiser, and for now I'll enjoy this. (Neile)

Jessica Weiser writes some great songs and has a beautiful voice. I really enjoyed hearing this. The moody "All I Could Do" is my favorite. I wish her all of the luck and success in the world! (wpm@value.net)


Transition ep

Release info:

1999—jnw0022

Availability:

Unknown

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of alternative pop

Group members:

Jessica Weiser—vocals, guitar, piano

Guest artists:

Jeff White—percussion

Produced by:

Jeff White & Jessica Weiser

Comments:

This ep shows a definite growth from her first ep, both in the strength of her vocals and her maturing songwriting. Her voice has that DIY reedy sound on sustained notes like Juliana Hatfield and Mary Lou Lord have, and her songwriting seems along those lines to me, too, but I actually like her better than either of them. I like how she fits the piano-only piece in here—it's a nice mood break between the guitar pieces, and then ends with another moody piano piece (my favourite on the disc). This makes me look forward to hearing more from Jessica. (Neile)

becoming

Release info:

2001—riveter records

Availability:

Unknown

Ecto priority:

Recommended for Jessica Weiser fans

Group members:

Jessica Weiser—vocals, piano, guitar

Guest artists:

Lyle Koehnlein—bass
Keith Meyers—drums
Cuong Vu—trumpet
Adam Drake—guitar

Comments:

This is a collection of rehearsal sessions, demos, and other previously unreleased material, and includes an interview. It has several songs unavailable elsewhere, and a lovely a cappella version of "Amazing Grace", which really showcases Jessica's vocal expressiveness. Definitely one for fans and those who want to see an artist's evolution. (Neile)

after silence

Release info:

2002—Dancing Dragon Records

Availability:

See Jessica Weiser's CDBaby page

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for alternative pop fans

Group members:

Jessica Weiser—vocals, piano, acoustic guitar

Guest artists:

Paul Smith—keys, guitar, programming
Lyle Koehnlein—bass
Ron Simasek—drums
Bret Alexander—electric guitar
Lisa Shufro—violin

Produced by:

Paul Smith, Jessica Weiser and Lyle Koehnlein

Comments:

This is Jessica Weiser's first full-length studio album, and she shines in this setting. Her vocals here are pure, assured, and affecting; her songwriting is solid and moving. (Neile)

Further info:

Jessica Weiser also has a site for her professional photography.

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