Jess Cornelius – Easy For No One
Jess Cornelius left Australia in 2018 for Los Angeles, where she began recording her album Distance in a series of studios with session bands that included members of The War on Drugs, Warpaint and Woods. The album is a journey of self-discovery and Cornelius brilliantly and intelligently weaves between periods of pain and devastation to resurrection and enlightenment. She details difficult situations—miscarriages, breakups, affairs, pep talks for one—with tragicomic candor, looking less for sympathy than a way to work through the mess. “You’re lonely,” she sings at one point. “Oh, but ain’t you livin’?” Cornelius floats through a relaxed, mellow R&B haze for Easy for No One, an ode to not finding some great meaning or purpose in growing up.