Jess Perkins takes an emotional journey in her new single Where The Wild Goes — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
A sneak peek at the Victoria singer-songwriter and luthier’s forthcoming full-length debut Living Room, the genre-jumping track follows in the footsteps of cuts like Never Before, fusing the intimacy and beauty of old-school folk balladry with the grooves and electronics of cutting edge indie-pop. Summery and breezy, soothing yet upbeat, melancholy yet seductive, it’s a multi-faceted gem — even to Perkins herself.
“Where the Wild Goes is one of my favourite songs off of my upcoming album,” she admits. “It is a song I wrote when feeling lost, confused, and stuck in a relationship. I wrote the song as a metaphor for being lost in a forest as a way to understand what I was going through and that things weren’t looking great.”
It’s far from the first musical journey Perkins has taken. Or led. Thanks to her storied history and years of guitar mastery, her music — frequently and favourably compared to the work of Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow — paints pictures that transport listeners to a new world. She writes about raw personal experiences and the magic and hope that exploring the world can give you. From the beginning, the Vancouver-raised artist’s music has largely been inspired by her adventures to remote corners of the globe with a guitar on her back. Perkins wrote her first song when she was 12 and quickly become fixated on the craft, taking up the guitar as her instrument of choice to support.
Speaking of guitars and craftwork: Perkins is one of the few artists who plays her own hand-built instruments. Making her own guitars has taken her connection to her music and songwriting even deeper. Writing on her own acoustic guitars gives her another way to express the mood and style she is hoping to convey, as each guitar has its own tone and resonance that can help shape a song.
In 2013, Jess Perkins released her first five song EP The Back Road. Since then she has spent her time honing her skills, playing shows and building acoustic guitars to support her music. It has always been Jess’s dream to record a full-length album, and she always had the idea of making an album that tells a story from start to finish. Keeping this in the back of her mind, her day-to-day endeavours and wonderful adventures travelling the globe have helped her piece together a story to fashion into Living Room, due for release shortly.