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"village voice"

A local singer/songwriter worth keeping a close eye on: Essie Jain's bittersweet lullabies are soothing and thoughtful, and her beautiful voice brings to mind the best of Joni Mitchell and Chan Marshall.
- village voice

"Time out NY"

it's not uncommon for people to say that a singer wraps her voice around a song, but when Essie Jain drops her polished, nearly operatic tone to its lower register, it almost seems to get there before the lyrics themselves. The English-born, locally based artist has been playing the city's rotation of singer-songwriter-orientated clubs for the past couple of years, most often in a duo with guitarist Patrick Glynn (as at this show) but occasionally with a sextet. As if to show that, even in a scene as crowded as this one, the cream still does rise to the top, Jain is making the natural leap to Joe's Pub. Since her trajectory has been a slow, steady ascent, it's likely that if this is the first you've heard of her, it won't be the last.
Due to the formal modesty of her arrangements, it's tempting to say that Jain plays folk music. More accurately, her songs (with titles such as "talking," "give" and "loaded") are simply timeless, meaning they bear no real connection to current trends and might have been made any time over the past three or four decades. The music (a trickle of demos feature her acccompanied by spare guitar or piano) serves only to support her songwriting, clear-eyed depictions of the emotional gravity that results when personalities come together and come apart. Jain is still developing her talent and voice, a powerful instrument she rarely lets loose. But her rise is proof that the simplest things are the most undeniable. - Time out NY


KILL ROCK STARS - The Sound The Hare Heard
released May 2006



Essie was born and raised in london, England, thus making her very British. Miss Jain, who accompanies herself on piano, has a dusky, breathy voice best described as - Art Garfunkel washed in a cup of warm chamomile tea.