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Boomkat Product Review:
Jessica Bailiff is probably best known for her work with Flying Saucer Attack’s David Pearce under the moniker ‘Clear Horizon’, between them they created a murky post-shoegazer record which perfectly summed up the best years of genre-less experimentation. On ‘Feels Like Home’ her fourth solo album, she eschews most of the deep feedback of Clear Horizon in favour of a folkier sound which works wonders. Bailiff's voice is unfathomably beautiful, and it really does sound better than ever on ‘Feels like Home’, with sparse backing coming from lightly picked acoustic guitars and delicately distorted synthesizers. There are a great deal of albums around at the moment that tick the same boxes, you know what I’m on about – folky, gorgeous, windswept, isolated…but Bailiff has been perfecting this sound for years and proves here that she can stand out on her own. It’s all in the songwriting, her melodies are addictive and memorable, and accompanied by that unforgettable voice, it makes for a deeply absorbing listen. It’s short in length at just over 30 minutes, but at the same time it feels like every second is used wisely, just the right length – let’s change short for ‘economical’. ‘Feels Like Home’ sounds to me like a Vashti Bunyan covering classic shoegazer songs – there’s the shimmer and magic of the Cocteau Twins, but with a pastoral home-grown quality rarely approached by our late 80s Thames Valley friends. One of the best albums on Kranky this year, Jessica Bailiff has come up with the finest work of her career; a perfect soundtrack for porch-bound dusky evenings.