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Jessica Vale

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Influenced by the urban chaos that makes New York what it is, Jessica Vale’s rock noir inflected sound captures the essence of city. “The base sound level in New York is significantly higher than anywhere else in the world, so it takes much more intense music to feel like one is making a statement,” she says.

And indeed, with the release of Brand New Disease (Explicit Records) on October 16, 2007, the follow-up to the artist’s ground-breaking The Sex Album (which boasted the Billboard charting single “Disco Libido”), one such statement is being made. Brand New Disease is dark, loud, lush, and emotional. Vale attributes it’s sound, in part, to her unique TriBeCa studio where it was recorded. “There aren’t many places left in Manhattan like the building our studio is in,” says Vale. “It’s a self contained sub-culture, raw and at times frightening. A mix of artists who rent, artists who squat, and crazies who wander in and sleep in the staircase. We are trying to get as much art made there as we can before it’s inevitably turned into condos.” This slice of New York City decay makes appearances in the album art and videos too, as well as providing a venue for her live shows and parties.

In addition to the Gotham city, Jessica Vale drew from her extensive travels for this record. Most notably, a trip to the former Yugoslavia inspired the album’s gut-wrenching ballad, “Night in Sarajevo.” So much so that Vale returned to shoot the music video in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Croatia’s Dalmatian coast last summer.

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  • AndrewSR

    Wow, really awesome stuff!

    26 May 2009 Reply
  • theempathogen

    This music makes me hot all over. It has for years.

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • thequietfox

    They weren't lying - The Sex Album really does get better with each listen. :D

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Stec

    AWESOME awesome awesome!!! Love the entire Brand New Disease cd!!!!

    20 Aug 2007 Reply

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