On first listen, Jess Williamson's new song "Blood Song" is nothing overly special. Adequately plucked, gritty electric guitars; a pretty, worn husk of a voice; and a slightly muddy recording. But listening deeper reveals a pretty great little song: Williamson sings with a certain assuredness, in a voice that sounds like a far more emotive Laura Stevenson or an earthier Emiliana Torrini. After she ominously intones, "I heard about the blood," the song ventures into a new phase before cycling back upon itself. At the least, this smart composition makes me curious to hear what else she has up her sleeve.
Stream it above, and look out for her debut album Native State, released on January 28 via Brutal Honest.