JADE JACKSON – GILDED

Hailing from Santa Margarita, California, singer-songwriter on debut Jade Jackson makes her striking arrival on the alt. country landscape. From the heartsick country-rock twang of fiddle-crosshatched opener ‘Aden’ to careening, rockabilly-inflected cowpunk shuffle ‘Troubled End’ and intoxicating coming-of-age anthem ‘Finish Line’, Gilded offers up 11 richly-textured snapshots of a young heart’s vacillations between youthful defiance and tremulous, wounded uncertainty. “Understand, boy, it’s been fun – but my motorcycle only seats one,” Jackson sings on album highlight ‘Motorcycle’. From start to finish, Gilded embodies the perfect intersection of unapologetic songwriting fire and earthy country texture – all stretched taut over a framework of punk rock rhythms seemingly lifted from a SoCal dive bar (the album’s roughhewn sounds bear the stamp of producer Mike Ness, of legendary country-punks Social Distortion). Jackson’s gauzy, soulful vocal enshrouds so many penetrating one-liners with arresting feeling. She’s in good company with Lydia Loveless, Lindi Ortega and Nikki Lane. Gareth Hipwell