11.15.2008

Jessica Lea Mayfield - "We've Never Lied" (Acoustic)



Anyone who gets stuck listening to me yammer on about the music that I love has probably heard me talk about Jessica Lea Mayfield at least once during the last couple of months. Mayfield, a 19-year old product of Kent, Ohio, has put out one of the best, and until this week's 8.2 Pitchfork rating, most unheralded albums of 2008. This is not, however, to say that she hasn't quickly bowled over those who have heard the album. Just that knowledge of the songs on With Blasphemy So Heartfelt should be the norm, not something that one should have to randomly discover.

Pitchfork hit the nail on the head when they said that Mayfield calls to mind Mazzy Star chanteuse, Hope Sandoval. She sings her slightly countrified folk in a lulling, and unaffected voice that belies her age. Her lyrics are easy to relate to, yet poignant.

Though the album, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, is fantastic from top to bottom, my favorite track is "We've Never Lied." It's a song of conflicting emotions; submissiveness and empowerment, endings and beginnings, hate and love. But, most of all, it is a song that elicits from the listener memories of the moment in every failed relationship when one has accepted the end, but has yet to fully let the acceptance sink in. Posted above is a clip that I found of Mayfield playing an acoustic version of "We've Never Lied." Enjoy. And go buy the album!
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