JESS LOCKE Universe album out today !

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New album Universe out today!
Shares video for ‘Drive To Drink’
Touring nationally in November

Praise for Jess Locke – Universe

“Universe is a refreshingly honest and straightforward album, which is sure to earn Jess Locke a reputation as one of Australia’s most gifted singer-songwriters.” – STACK

“A clear step forward from the DIY stylings of her previous recordings.” – The Music

“Universe marks Jess Locke’s second coming, as the singer-songwriter’s honest, TMI-bordering diary scribbling are beaten into bite-size slogans by a full-band backing.” – Rolling Stone Australia

“For those that know the quaint, reflective and beautiful indie rock as penned by Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Jess Locke, they know she’s spent basically her entire career being one of the country’s most underrated performers.” – Mixdown

Universe, the new album from Melbourne’s Jess Locke, is released today via Pool House Records /Remote Control Records. To celebrate Jess has shared a video for new single ‘Drive To Drink’. Watch via the image below.

Having played to packed rooms at official BIGSOUND showcases, and wrapping up a tour in support of Jeff Rosenstock, Jess Locke is no stranger to the stage. She’ll return to a city near you in November as she’s plays a 13-date tour in support of Universe.

Universe represents a step forward for Jess Locke, and it’s our turn to meet her there. With a few years playing and then recording with her full band now under her belt, Universe emerged consisting of both brand new and older previously released home-recordings, now re-written. It was a process that pushed Jess musically further than her previous releases: “the album was very much about exploring the sound of things, and capturing an atmosphere, more than any particular concepts. There are definitely themes that pop up, but really, the ideas are quite broad, maybe that’s why I decided to call it ‘Universe’…

Album singles ‘Universe‘ and ‘Better/Bitter‘ perfectly encapsulate Jess’ ability to match dreamy guitar pop with a lyricism cut with stark commentary. It’s a sound of unabashed candidness that has developed through the long time Jess has performed in unconventional spaces: water parks, cemeteries, roundabouts, bookshops and back porches. So too has new album Universe become a summation of years of writing: “I feel like all of my recordings have been me trying to catch up with myself…document my songs so I can start fresh and write new ones. But I never seem to fully catch up.”

Hear the brand new album performed live in a city near you this November.

Purchase / Stream Jess Locke – Universe via

Jess Locke ‘Drive To Drink’ (Official Video)

Jess Locke ‘Universe’ (Official Video)
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Jess Locke ‘Better/Bitter’ (Official Video)

Jess Locke – Universe Tour Dates

Friday 3rd November | Brisbane | The Foundry
supporting/co-headline Babaganouj

Saturday 4th November | Adelaide | Crown and Anchor

Wednesday 8th November | Canberra | The Phoenix

Thursday 9th November | Newcastle | The Lass
Free Show

Friday 10th November | Sydney | Marrickville Bowls

Saturday 11th November | Parramatta | Beatdisc

Sunday 12th November | Wollongong | North Gong Hotel
Free show

Friday 17th November | Melbourne | Old Bar

Saturday 18th November | Parramatta | The Plot Festival 

Thursday 23rd November | Perth | 459 Bar

Friday 24th November | Bunbury | Prince Of Wales
Free Show

Saturday 25th November | Busselton | The Fire Station
Free Show

Sunday 26th November | Fremantle | The Odd Fellow
Tickets on the door $5

Jess Locke – Universe

1. Drive To Drink
2. Universe
3. Better/Bitter
4. Dangerous
5.  Violent Turn
6.  Paper Planes
7. Sublime Anxiety
8. Magic
9.  Gut Feeling
10. Border Security

Jess Locke – Universe is released today via
Pool House Records / Remote Control Records.

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