Jess Ribeiro

Jess Ribeiro’s second album Kill It Yourself, released in August 2015 via
Barely Dressed Records/Remote Control, came after a three-year hiatus, in
which the award-winning songwriter travelled the world and submitted herself
to that kind of soul searching that only a restless artist is capable of. She credits
the beginning of her musical kinship with its producer and her collaborator
Mick Harvey (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) as the catalyst for
rediscovering her muse. Beguiling and poetic reflections of youth, love and life
find solace in Harvey’s subtle production; all sympathetic strings, languid
tempos and gothic blues swagger.
It shrewdly balances its darker, haunting themes with rays of optimism, nostalgia, wit and beauty. The title
track was inspired by her time working in Indigenous communities in Northern Australia; Run Rabbit Run
tells a story of of cotton-chipping as a teenager and being drawn into a shady drug deal; Slip The Leash is an
ode to her transgendered aunt from Zurich.
It marks a literal and physical shift from the humid Darwin verandahs, and the alt-country and folk stylings
of her acclaimed 2011 debut My Little River. Recorded with collaborator Rob Law – as Jess Ribeiro and
The Bone Collectors – My Little River was awarded ‘Best Independent Country Album’ at the 2012 Australian
Independent Recording Label (AIR) Awards, an Album of the Year on Australia’s ABC Radio National and
short-listed for the prestigious Australian Music Prize (AMP).
Press for Kill It Yourself-
• “A frequently dissonant fever-dream… shimmers like a haze of heat.” 4 stars. Rolling Stone
• “It is a rich, subtly shaded work. It often appears casual and careless, but that’s an illusion. The art
has been artfully concealed. Bare bones, bleached by the sun.” The Saturday Paper
• “Soulful, ominous, edgy and ethereal all rolled into one.” 4 stars. The Music
• “Kill It Yourself is a cracker…it’s profound, yet unpretentious; it’s beautiful, but painful too; it’s
open, yet deeply intimate.” Album of the Week. Beat Magazine
• “A powerful collection… the songs are soulful, sorrowful, poetic and poignant; they traverse a range
of styles, but are united through Jess Ribeiro’s clear creative vision.” Album of the Week. 3RRR
FM, Melbourne
• “Kill It Yourself is magnificent… looking you dead in the eye with the unflinching truth.” Feature
album, PBS FM Melbourne
• “Her style is more about implication, making the most of Mick Harvey’s suggestive production… a
kind of David Lynch-esque slow dissolve, bare and entrancing.” 4 stars. Bernard Zuel, Sydney
Morning Herald
• “Hurry Back to Love evokes early Cat Power. If You Were a Kelpie gnashes with bluesy meanness,
and the title track resonates like a haunting lullaby… a stunning showcase for her hazy voice and
tender narratives.” Doug Wallen, Broadsheet
• “Kill It Yourself is like an American road trip with a detour via Melbourne, where she is based… the
pace is languid, and the mood is dusky. The Triffids once travelled this musical route, as did The Bad
Seeds, sensing the affinity between America’s vast terrain and our own.” The Monthly
• “The cinematic plains of a moody Western and a magnetically spooky soul.” 2SER Radio, Sydney
• “The subject matter is still of the dark variety but it is coated in beautiful sweet glow… an excellent
example of graceful and mature songwriting.” Faster Louder

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