Jess Cornelius – CARE/TAKING

Today, New Zealand-raised, Los Angeles-based artist Jess Cornelius announces her sophomore album CARE/TAKING, out June 14th via her new label Tender Loving Empire Records, and a North American tour.


In conjunction, she presents the album’s lead single/video, “People Move On.”

Cornelius writes arresting songs that capture the disorientation and endless possibilities of being in flux. On CARE/TAKING, she sings of personal upheaval with striking lucidity and emotional nimbleness. Where 2020’s Distance found her untethered moving across continents and entering a solo career after a long stint fronting the Australian band Teeth & Tongue, this LP has the songwriter firmly established in her California home but no less at a crossroads. Over 10 intricate and immediate songs, she grapples with squaring global crises and insecurities with the transformations and responsibilities in her life. It’s searching indie rock that’s as biting as it is comforting.

On CARE/TAKING, the emotional stakes are higher. “The biggest shift for me that has happened over the last few years is that I had a kid,” says Cornelius. “What that did is it made me think about death more than I have in my entire life. A lot of the songs are about how much I have to lose now and what would that look like,” Though there’s an undercurrent of fear and a fear of loss on CARE/TAKING, it still feels hopeful and grounded. “I had access to more self-belief in my life,” says Cornelius. “With age, you get better at seeing what you actually have and be grateful for it. I still write about relationships and their complexities with this weird and dark layer but there’s more of a sense of joy now.”

Jess Cornelius Tour Dates

Thu. March 14 – Austin, TX @ Australia House at Lucille on Rainey St (Sounds Australia Presents)

Fri. March 15 – Austin TX @ SXSW

Sat. March 16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Sun. March 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – The Far Out Lounge ( TWO STAGE RAGER)

Fri. June 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Scribble

Sat. July 20- Portland OR @ Showdown

Thu. Aug 8 – New York, NY @ TV Eye

Fri. Aug 9 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall

Sat. Aug 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy Philly

Sun. Aug 11 – Baltimore, MD @ OttoBar

Mon. Aug 12 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom


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