Australian songwriter Jess Ribeiro has shared a video for her new single, “Stranger”, out today via Barely Dressed Records. Produced by Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding/Marlon Williams/Julia Jacklin) and recorded as a 3-piece Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett) and Jade Imagine, "Stranger" displays another shift in sound for the singer.
Ribeiro has kissed the swampy humidity of the Australian Music Prize-nominated Kill It Yourself goodbye, and embraced the precise down-strokes and valve-amp hum of a very New York lineage, from the Velvets through to Blondie and Talking Heads. It’s capped by those lethally cool vocals for which Ribeiro is revered.
In “Stranger” Ribeiro’s voice travels as a narcotic purr; as she explores infatuation and all the daydreaming that comes alongside it. Ribeiro references the 19th-century French writer Stendhal and his recognition that “this is a love that lives only through the imagination”.
Discussing the Nick McKinlay-directed video, Jess explains, “this music clip was made at my families truck yard in outback Australia. It features family members including my Uncles Chris, Tim, Pat and Anthony Kelly (martial artist - & Guinness World Record holder!)” Jess makes her film entrance tearing up the paddock doing doughnuts in her Uncle Chris’s V8 Ute, but soon everyone wanted to get involved; “as we brought out the Ute, everyone wanted to bring out their toys - including the military World War One Harley Davidson. Lot's of cars and bikes didn't make it through the final cut but that's what happens when you make a song that goes for less than four minutes”
"Stranger" comes hot on the heels of Ribeiro's first single "Love is the Score Of Nothing" which was released last November.
The near-untouchable quality of Ribeiro’s recorded output is astonishingly consistent and the wait for new music is always worthwhile! No doubt there will be more gems to come from Ribeiro in the coming months.
Jess Ribeiro has today released her new track "Love Is The Score Of Nothing". Out now via Barely Dressed / Remote Control Records, it’s the first taste of new music in more than 3 years from
one of Melbourne’s most beloved and acclaimed musicians.
The new single is something of an indie rock banger from Ribeiro, signalling a new sound for an artist whose previous albums explored a kind of intricate folk-noire. This time round Ribeiro recalls the nonchalant coolness of the great French female vocalists of the 1960’s. Her vocal performance is detached while a delightful jangle of guitars, drums, keys and percussion swirls happily underneath.
Produced by Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams/Julia Jacklin) and recorded as an all-star 3-piece (Dave Mudie of Courtney Barnett fame and Jade Imagine), "Love Is the Score Of Nothing" features lyrics
despairing about love at its most nihilistic. This is a song about love - but most definitely not a love song. Jess suggests, "Love is like tennis. You win, you lose, you work up a sweat,
the game ends. You go home, take a shower then go outside and keep playing."
Also released today is Jess’s new video for the single – directed by Nick McKinlay and shot around Collingwood’s famous Ginger Hair Salon. As Jess explains, “Hair stylist Ginger Light is well known for her love of Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, and all things sixties fashion and hair.” As Nick goes on to say “It ended up being a celebration of Ginger’s life, shooting at her salon, in her car, and on her roof. We aspired to reflect her life on film…. with tennis racquets.”
"Love Is The Score Of Nothing" is the first music out from Jess Ribeiro since her 2015 triumph Kill it Yourself. That album was shortlisted in the top 10 for the Australian Music Prize, received Album of the Week on multiple community radio stations and received impressive reviews across the board.
Jess Ribeiro is undoubtedly a shape-shifting musical enigma. She’s never been prolific (each of her albums have been separated by 3-4 years) but the near-untouchable quality of her recorded output is astonishingly consistent and the wait for new music is always worthwhile.