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Jessica Lea Mayfield 

Make My Head Sing (ATO)


Though the Black Keys had little to do with Mayfield’s latest, that’s who comes to mind. She also is from Ohio, likes things mostly slow and distorted and emerged with Dan Auerbach’s encouragement years ago. Considering the deadpan coo in Mayfield’s singing, this three-piece works the amps hard. When her guitar chimes in bursts over throbbing bass, as on “Unknown Big Secret,” vocals are incidental. “I will be the most fucked up,” she sings on “Party Drugs,” emotionless as if auditioning for a Wes Anderson film. All intensity flows through Mayfield’s fingers. She’s feeling pretty loud at the moment.

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