Jessica 6 Live, Xylos

Early Show

Jessica 6 Live


Tue, July 26, 2011

Doors: 6:45 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Jessica 6 Live - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Jessica 6 Live
The mythology of Jessica 6 began with the first inception of Andy Butler's Nu-Disco and 90's house revivalist group Hercules & Love Affair. The troop took the world stage by storm, with New York vocalist Nomi Ruiz fronting the 8 piece band. Together they paved the way for those who would come after, leaving a door wide open for queer artists and forever changing the landscape of indie dance music.

After a year of non-stop touring, band drama and rendezvous with Karl Lagerfeld & Donatella Versace, Nomi Ruiz left HALA behind. She returned to New York, locked herself in Midnight Sun Studios and began writing what would become 'See The Light' an album documenting her experience during and after Hercules & Love Affair. She worked under the alias Jessica 6, a character from the 1967 novel Logan's Run, who escapes from an oppressed underground society to find life above.

She hit the world stage once again, working her way into the hearts of millions with the lead single 'White Horse'. The video, directed by Marco Ovando, which captured New York by night reached 1.7 million views and gained the attention of Diesel's artistic director & stylist Nicola Formichetti. Widely known for his collaboration with Lady Gaga, Nicola styled Nomi for her feature in V magazine, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh and featured her in a provocative campaign film for Mugler Menswear titled "Brothers of Aracadia"

Jessica 6 was then asked to perform on Greece's MAD TV Music Awards as an international guest where Nomi was introduced to producer/songwriter ELIOT whose vintage, electro, synth-pop sound made left a big impression on her. Enough so, that after touring 'See The Light' Nomi relocated to Greece and began working on new material with ELIOT while simultaneously collaborating with choreographer/dancer Georgia Sanford & dancer Viva Soudan to produce an entirely new live show.

Together with ELIOT as head producer & engineer, Nomi completed Jessica 6's sophomore album titled 'The Storm Inside', an album drenched in melodic synth lines, slamming 808's and styles that range from Electro-pop, Deep House, 80's New Wave, and 90's Soul.

The albums opening track 'Shadow Dancer', produced by Eli Escobar, picks up where 'White Horse' left fans behind… in the dark corners of a nightclub. She introduces you to the albums main theme when she sings "your a shadow dancer, looking for trouble under your shame, and your gonna get your way"

The lyrical content of 'The Storm Inside' is one of Nomi's most personal to date. She addresses shameful lovers with songs like 'Drunk On Your Love', a hybrid between a Stevie B freestyle ballad and modern day trap music produced by ELIOT, where Nomi sings, "heard you said you would've loved me if I was born right" and 'Down Low' where she lures you in with hints of oral sex, purring over a minimal deep house track produced by CJ Jeff & Thodoris Triantafillou before slamming you with "lucky you live in a world where no one ever has to know, your on the down low now"

The album seesaws between shame and hope as Nomi reveals secrets on songs such as 'Bad Thing' and 'Spotlight', leaves her past in a pool of hair dye and forgiveness on 'Black On Blonde' and unveils sentiments of new love on the albums title track 'The Storm Inside' a new take on 90's r&b where Nomi is transformed into a modern day Lisa Stansfield.
Xylos - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
"Xylos, a five-piece band from Brooklyn, makes stylish electro-pop, gesturing toward sensuality but also holding it at arm’s length for appraisal. That policy plays out clearly in “Not Enough,” the first single from the group’s self-titled full-length debut. With twinkling arpeggios fortified by bubbly rhythm, the song presents what seems at first blush like a pickup anthem, an ode to blithe submission.

Monika Heidemann has a warmly soothing voice, succulent even at its most ethereal. A transplant from jazz and experimental-rock circles, she sings with arresting projection, intense even in stages of repose. On the album’s inviting opener, “Darling Dearest,” her murmured reassurances suggest a riff on Sade. Attacking the brighter cadence of “Second Order,” she evokes a young Morrissey.

Despite all the synthetic elements here, you hear the rattle of hand percussion, the light scrape of fingers on a fret board. For Xylos, sound is one more thing to adjust, just so."

-New York Times
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002