Jess Dunbar – Fools March EP (Independent)
It’s never been easy for Australian artists to break out of their home territory. Which is a shame, as there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of talent, as Jess Dunbar here proves. Downloadable music, and the various international sites that provide the service, have undoubtedly eased the problem, and the exportation of physical product, with its associated costs is, thankfully, a thing of the past. We hope artists like Dunbar can take advantage.
She’s currently in her third year studying Popular Music and Performance, and she gigs regularly throughout her home city of Sydney - solo, as part of a duo and with her band. Her “Fools March” EP is a band recording, and her folk-pop-rock style is well served by a group of musicians thoroughly engaged with, and by, the material. File Dunbar alongside artists like Tori Amos and Feist, and the best songs here: “Tea Party With a Vampire”, with it’s solid rhythm and intriguing lyrics, the shimmering “Ghost of Time” and quirky, orchestrated title track deserve your immediate attention, wherever you are.