Jessica Moss

180gLP / CD / DL
Out 28 October 2018

1. Particles
2. Fractals (Truth 1)
3. Fractals (Truth 2)
4. Fractals (Truth 3)
5. Fractals (Truth 4)


Stream an excerpt from album opener “Particles”:
Apple Music

Violinist and sound artist Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Vic Chesnutt, Carla Bozulich) will release “Entanglement,” her second full-length album on 26 October on Constellation.

Jessica Moss has been blossoming as a solo artist since the release of her acclaimed debut album Pools Of Light in spring 2017. The violinist, composer and singer best known for her fifteen-year tenure in political post-punk band Thee Silver Mt. Zion is newly ascendant as a soloist, captivating audiences with gritty, warmly expressive electronic- and drone-inflected post-classical Minimalism (and sometimes Maximalism), accented by a distinctive melodic sensibility that channels Klezmer, Balkan and Middle Eastern tropes. Moss has played 80 shows in the past year, including appearances at Big Ears, WSO New Music, Le Guess Who?, Zemlika and Supersonic, participation in multiple editions of Basilica Hudson’s 24-Hour Drone Fest, and a mix of headlining dates and opening slots for the likes of Zu, BIG | BRAVE (on whose most recent album she also plays), and labelmates Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

On Entanglement, her new and second album, Moss channels quantum theory as a metaphor for creating energetic connections through esoteric processes. Using violin (and occasionally, voice) as sound source, her compositions are set in motion like entangled particles – spinning, ricocheting, warping and stretching in extra-dimensional space. “Particles”, the magnificent 22-minute opus on Side One, is a stunning transmission of cosmos-level wonder, mystery and dread. Conjuring up sound as if from dark energy, the piece gradually humanises the void as a circling string theme develops then retracts to a single note, stretches space-time through a slowly developing drone, and clears a haunted celestial expanse for Moss to introduce hushed, keening vocal lines that layer one upon the other. “Fractals” on Side Two is a work in four parts that unspools through various iterations of folk-inflected phrases, played on amplified violin, sampled in real-time, and redeployed in entwined pairings, echoes and cascades. Here, Moss wields the violin with a narrative intent perhaps more commonly associated with solo horn in the jazz tradition – the power of the single melodic line, the instrument as expressive analogue to human speech and voice.

Profoundly informed by the experiences of travelling alone – playing in precarious spaces preserved by passionate subcultural communities, attempting fragile, intimate, abstract transmissions through sound and performance – Moss’s new music on Entanglement invokes the striving for communication/connection in isolation, the mysterious energies that bind the singular and the universal, and the indomitably terrestrial energies that bring micro- communities of people together to partake sustainably and attentively in human-scale shared experiences. This is long-attention-span music that wonderfully synthesises form and substance, spit and polish, austerity and lushness, expansiveness and intimacy. Entanglement is a deeply felt and deeply rewarding work that testifies to the unique stylistic and textural space Moss is carving out in the contemporary/New Music continuum. Thanks for listening.

Read Jessica’s artist statement here


photo: Joseph Yarmush


28.09.18 Lasalle, QC Centre Henri Lemieux
29.09.18 Peterborough, ON Sadleir House
26.10.18 Brooklyn, NY Park Church Co-op
03.11.18 Budapest, HU Trafo
04.11.18 Bratislava, SK Kulturák klub
11.11.18 Avellino, IT Godot
13.11.18 Dublin, IR The Workman’s Club
15.11.18 Brighton, UK The Rose Hill
16.11.18 London, UK Sebright Arms
18.11.18 Hull, UK The Adelphi Club
19.11.18 Glasgow, UK Bloc
21.11.18 Copenhagen, DK VEGA
22.11.18 Ravenna, IT Transmission Festival
23.11.18 Ravenna, IT Transmission Festival
24.11.18 Leeuwarden, NL Explore The North Festival
25.11.18 Tincques, FR L’aureole Béthencourt
27.11.18 Metz, FR 7(7) café
28.11.18 Bruxelles, BE Café Central
29.11.18 Paris, FR Espace B
30.11.18 St. Petersburg, RU Opera Club
01.12.18 Moscow, RU Pluton
04.12.18 Braga, PT Gnration
10.12.18 Ottawa, ON General Assembly
11.12.18 Hamilton, ON This Ain’t Hollywood
12.12.18 Chicago, IL The Empty Bottle
13.12.18 Rock Island, IL Rozz-Tox
14.12.18 Toronto, ON The Burdock


Critical acclaim for 2017’s Pools of Light:

“A powerful solo effort…visceral and sometimes raw…in her hands, the violin becomes a bountiful source of adventurous possibilities. Though she’s clearly proven herself to be an invaluable team member in other projects, Pools Of Light makes the strongest of all possible cases for Moss’s credibility as a solo artist.”
“A despairing but cathartic experience…ambitious, expansive and dynamic. After receiving her musical gifts in the context of collaborative projects for so long, listeners should jump on this opportunity to hear her solo work.”
Exclaim, 8/10
“Rejoice as another member Thee Silver Mt. Zion releases a solo record in the spirit of terror and joy. This is one intense record.”
Norman Records
“A warm solemnity, like participating in a communal prayer… Pools of Light is not the music of hopeful victory, it is the music of a compassionate failure; of the realization that only in each other will we find the care and the fulfillment that our victory over nature never once provided.”
A Closer Listen