Jess Locke UniverseHaving been a quiet achiever over the last few years, Jess Locke is now armed with an album that will no doubt put her on the country’s musical map.

Locke’s manner of singing is languid, but her style is paired perfectly with her matter-of-fact, observational lyrics. Lush guitar arrangements seem to be her speciality, with tracks like Drive to Drink and Magic made all the more memorable as a result. Listening to cuts like Dangerous and Gut Feeling feels like hearing from an old friend, the effortless comfort they exude hard to come by in music nowadays. Universe is a refreshingly honest and straightforward album, which is sure to earn Jess Locke a reputation as one of Australia’s most gifted singer-songwriters.

Universe is out October 20 via Pool House Records/Remote Control.

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