Having a history with more folk and avant-focused acts (formerly with Ellie Fortune and Appetite), E S S is the new stripped-down, gloom-caked project from Sacramento musician Jesse Phillips. While most of the music could easily fit inside the same playlist space as current tourmates Chelsea Wolfe or King Dude, some of the E S S creations feel slightly more of the post-punk and rocky, drone-to-space variety- think bits of those later Swans records.
Stream the absolutely lovely “Woke at Night” below and purchase or download-it’s name your price- the E S S self-titled release via Bandcamp.
According to Phillips, the band has some upcoming releases (and/or re-issues) in the works and are planning a West Coast tour in March. Let’s hope that includes an LA stop.
And a video for album track “Sugar Engine” from a session with TERROREYES TV: