The time is ripe for wild women on the electric guitar. This is not only proven by the continued success of PJ Harvey, but also by the attention Angel Olson and especially Anna Calvi have recently received. Jessica Lea Mayfield changes the key on her third album. Once her songs lived from the soft sound of her acoustic guitar, now she plugs in the electric one and turns the amp up to the stop. Like the opener "Oblivious", Mayfield and her co-producer (and husband) Jesse Newport rock doomlessly: they manage to create a sound with a lot of space, in which the instruments seem almost lost at times and then burst into Mayfield's vocals almost threateningly. Their songs live above all from their dense, atmospheric staging, less from their compositional finesse, which is especially noticeable in a negative way when the production is reduced a bit. All in all "Make My Head Sing..." convinces but and the title becomes the program.
Top track: Oblivious