Just Rain

by Jessica's Brother

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1.
Just Rain 03:14
I’m waking up Got a fire in my cup It’s not just tea It’s a lot I’m just waiting for a signal from above And in your sleep When you’re free You turn monsters into trees One by one up to the seas Turning darkness evergreen You’ve been trying (I’ve been trying) Our heads are holy in silence It’s all the same, all the same Woopsie-daisy Just rain So open up your heart It can help to wear a mask I tried a pendent made of glass When it broke I found it hard to laugh And it can be revolting Especially when you’re dreaming Could be death, could be just teething Losing sight can be relieving
2.
Like the leaves on the trees You know I felt more at ease When the autumn came and made its peace Holding onto the dreaded time release Of the body, mind, soul and knees I’m already popping my friends are loving But we’re all lost and know relatively nothing But I don’t worry no more No I try not to worry, no more Oh me, catch that scene Everybody else is turning green but me Talk about it, you’ll see (Somebody’s out to steal your rhythm) Hey, hey, come my way Hold my hand it’ll be ok Waylaid Snowdrop, don’t rock (Really makes you glad to be alive) So I got back sat and chewed the fat Holy rollers never made me feel like that And all the drugs and the dreaded sleep aside I came out feeling better than feeling alive Though as I mentioned I don’t know relatively anything That would count as a model to existing Could be it’s all just a matter of persisting Taking your time to calculate a feeling
3.
Boat Song 04:04
Rock-a-bye, well rock Over the water I jumped in to feel free Though my crew were displeased Don’t you know about Weil’s disease? So we went on home I left the river alone I climbed up the tallest of trees And my crew were displeased Think of your head and your knees You know I play it safe most days You know I quiver in retreat So when the time comes Scrape the mud From your feet So I take me down To that corner of town Where every Brick Pollitt Has gathered around And the new day is here But the old’s right behind And all that we’ve done so it’s yours So it’s mine You know I play it right sometimes And you, show me how Hollow log Troubled water Living bough
4.
I ate the peach It didn’t anger me And the cold went running Well the bees were on the streets For as far as I could see And I knew nothing else Except the way your body felt Call it in lock the door Clear the floor And take my hand (And roll me when you can) You know I had one foot in the void Now I’m beyond buoyed (Beyond Buoyed, beyond) So much sea but there’s land ahoy! Beyond buoyed, (Beyond buoyed, beyond…) And I am you and you are me A cellular mimicry I am blue, I am green, I am red, I run obscene And you split my light into a rainbow beam
5.
Darling I wanted to know Why won’t you touch me anymore? My hair’s still curly My eyes are still blue Why won’t you do those things you used to do? Thomas you never come to bed And when you do your eyes are swollen and red And in the days you mourn Though for what I’m not sure So I’d rather be in my world instead The front door was open But no-one came through I waited for someone I waited for you I’m sick I think my pain is unique You’re a dick you know you just need some sleep Just a quick fix and I’ll be on my feet Why won’t you please come back to me? Why won’t you Why won’t you Why won’t you Why won’t you please come back to me
6.
Caroline 02:02
I’m in a state, don’t look so good I stayed up late to go as far as I could And the bags beneath my eyes They could hold a jar of wine Oh what did you do all this time? What did you find Caroline? So I took a walk, took a good long look And I can still feel the way you shook And the path got thin and thinner But I saw fire, I saw you shimmer
7.
Little One 03:35
Little One Look what you’ve done Little One Well you’re only young once The first time I looked into those eyes I was a changed man And all the love songs couldn’t touch how it felt then And what went up well it never came down It got stuck in the sky over London Town And at the age of seventeen I nearly killed my two best friends Avoiding a pheasant crashing into a fence At 60mph, the car was on fire But the pheasant lived on being none the wiser And Hark! The Herald angel sings Well I’ve got a brand new tv screen 4k picture it’s a love machine Debt trail longer than my uni fees In the mountains, you’ll find the ash berries It’s a small fruit, though it may just keep you going In the dark night, when you feel that it’s something Going on forward even if you’re stumbling And how many people get to talk in your head? Have you ever left your body for a second and returned scared? Little One it’s not all bad It’s like your favourite band’s playing but they’re not quite there And April, May made oak explode Stay put man you never ever know There’s blue in fire be blue perspire Just come back and tell us what you know
8.
Full Swing 04:27
Cunts out tonight in full-swing Wouldn’t even know how to do my thing Even if I could, even if I could And I made some mistakes, Cut my own brakes Living in hiding of late Roll me only R-Roll me baby Roll me over I choked on my whiskey Roll me only R-Roll me baby Roll me over Down to the AA Taste bedlam, bile and defeat Sack of shit even my cat’s leaving me (And it worries me how much I love her) Oh I’ve no-one to blame When each night runs the same No silver-lining just rain I only wanted good times But all I have are bad times Mud in my hair, Sick in my shoes, Losing my mind but worst of all, losing you R-Roll me, Roll me, Roll me I’m queasy R-Roll me, roll me, roll me Baby R-Roll me, Roll me, roll me I’m queasy
9.
Big Boy Now 01:16
You know I could stay up all night And eat ice-cream in the sunrise Make a potion in my treehouse Turn the dog into a door-mouse I can count from A to Z There’s no-one stopping me Ever been anyone you know in school? Could swim the width of the leisure pool? Well I can So don’t try to kid me I’m a big boy now My friends up here with me Say you’re smelly anyhow

about

Releases November 26th 2021.

‘Just Rain’ is the second album from London three piece Jessica’s Brother, comprising songwriter Tom Charleston, The Wave Pictures’ Jonny Helm on drums and Charlie Higgs on bass.

Stitching together a variety of influences, from crunching indie-rock, to gothic country and contemplative psych folk, Jessica’s Brother create the sound of a band coming together and getting caught up in the rush of starting afresh.

The disintegration of a long-term relationship, coinciding with a global fracturing, provided a catalyst for ‘Just Rain’. The songs explore a relentless collision of melancholy and resilience alongside themes of comedy, agency, and hope

The title track lays this out with an opening burst of slacker rock as Tom reflects back over a passage of time that feels like persistent unrelenting rain. Vacillating between despair and defiance, we uncover the strength to shrug it off as “just rain”; after all, as the track draws to its conclusion “losing sight can be relieving”.
Interestingly, the lyric, “open up your heart, it can help to wear a mask”, was written before the pandemic had properly struck in the UK.

‘Finding Snowdrop’ is a spiritual rebirth gone wrong, influenced by the rambling poetry and hooks found in Yoni Wolf’s Why? and Bill Callahan. In spite of failure, the potential for growth remains. This budding, on an ageing tree, is celebrated in the joyous rhythms, off-kilter harmonies and a fizzing guitar solo.

On 'Full Swing’ both the baritone of Tom’s delivery and lyrics conjure the darkness of the everyday: ”cut my own brakes, living in hiding of late” are reminiscent of The Handsome Family’s wonderful way of transposing the tradition of murder ballads and the bleakest tales to the modern.

A more expansive and luxuriant sound runs through ‘Just Rain’, than the sparser Silver Jews / Jason Molina atmosphere of their 2018 debut, from the gutsy alt-rock of the title track to the off kilter pop of ‘Little One', reminiscent of Sparklehorse, a tale of young love and youthful exuberance.

Jessica’s Brother formed in October 2016. Jonny and Charlie worked together in a framing business and had often talked about collaborating in a band together. Fate intervened when Jonny’s girlfriend Jessica introduced him to her brother Tom, and they found a songwriter in waiting. Their debut, eponymous, album released in 2018 was warmly received.

‘Just Rain’ was produced and engineered by Shuta Shinoda (Hot Chip, Ghost Poet, Anna Meredith) at Hackney Road Studios during the summer of 2020. The album features Dan Mayfield’s elegant touch on violin (he has performed with artists from Daniel Johnston to Allo Darlin’), and new female voices from Polimana (a jazz vocalist from the SoCal suburbia) and Shantha Roberts (whose voice has graced Glasgow’s reggae sound system Argonaut Sounds).
The eponymous Jessica Jane Charleston, a painter and printmaker, provides the meteorological juxtaposition to the album in the visuals, the warmth of a giant sun looming over the contorted figure, rising up to fight another day. Tom was drawn to the hotter colours this time round as opposed to the moodier blue palette of the debut. The colours and figures convey a sense of revival after a period of hibernation. It fits well alongside the band’s hiatus throughout the pandemic and their much awaited return.

With an at times folkloric narrative, ‘Just Rain’ is both poetic and playful retaining throughout a thread of darkness.

The record takes a step forward in terms of production while maintaining the band’s rough around the edges charm. It is an intimate affair punctuated with louder and more unwieldy moments. A true story revolving around a relationship and a world falling apart.

“A jingling rush that would have headed John Peel’s Festive 50 in another life” The Guardian

“A band to fall in love with... there is no derivative pastiche or homage here. It all feels right, and, as with the best bands, they make it sound new” Saatchi Magazine

“A stunning combination of gothic-country and 1960’s inspired psych-folk, simultaneously downbeat and expansive” For The Rabbits

credits

released November 16, 2021

Mostly recorded at Hackney Road Studios with engineer Shuta Shinoda. Partly recorded in Tom's room.
Mixed by Tom Charleston (except Boat Song, mixed by Shuta Shinoda).
Mastered by Shuta Shinoda.
All songs written by Tom Charleston.
Album artwork by Jessica Jane Charleston.

Jessica's Brother are:
Tom Charleston, Charlie Higgs and Jonny Helm,
with guest appearances from Dan Mayfield, Shantha Roberts and Polimana.

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