NYC Americana singer-songwriter Amelia Jackie will be self-releasing her debut album You Can’t Fuck the Internet on April 4th. Shortly after, she’ll be hitting the road for a brief tour supporting Hurray For The Riff Raff and Anjimile.
Working with musician/producer Robin MacMillan, the album has been long in the works for Jackie with the album’s first single “Velvet Leash” released in 2019. The two met at a fried chicken restaurant when she was just 18 years old and have been making music together ever since. For this record, Jackie recalls tracking the record at MacMillan’s studio one sweltering summer. “It was deep into summer in NYC and we kept having to turn off the loud AC and all the fans to record,” Jackie recalled in a press release. “I find recording to be a particularly suffering process, but adding to the discomfort only serves the narrative.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Ears to Feed is thrilled to premiere one of the album’s standouts, the mesmerizing “Ice Cold Plum.”
As soon as the icy slide guitar leads glide over the song’s slow pulsating rhythm, “Ice Cold Plum” immediately evokes the trance-inducing qualities of Mazzy Star at their most mysterious and seductive. Unlike Hope Sandoval’s otherworldly ethereal voice, Jackie’s voice stretches and aches with a passion that is resoundingly human.
The song’s narrative tells the story of Jackie’s relationship with someone who uses her as an emotional crutch and only tends to come around when it’s most convenient to them. “Open the window it’s raining outside / you only call me when you’re already crying,” she sings, practically snarling. “That’s okay sugar that’s fine / as long as you come back and see me sometime.” With her bruised and raspy drawl, the whole thing sounds like what would happen if Lucinda Williams had joined the Cowboy Junkies in finding the commonalities between Americana and slowcore.
You can check out the song below and make sure to preorder You Can’t fuck the Internet here.