When Edmonton’s Jessica Jalbert first began performing solo under the name Faith Healer, the alias was her way of avoiding being pigeonholed as a singer-songwriter. Now, however, times have changed: Faith Healer has blossomed into a band, with singer-guitarist Jalbert joined by drummer/multi-instrumentalist Renny Wilson. Their first LP as a duo is called Try 😉 and it will be out on September 8 through Mint Records.
The follow-up to 2015’s Cosmic Troubles was largely recorded during an intensive month-long session in September 2016 at Wilson’s personal studio in Montreal. During the process, Jalbert rented a room in Wilson’s house and the pair spent hours jamming and listening to bargain bin rock records in the basement.
The relatively stripped-down arrangements, combined with Jalbert’s graceful hooks and pitch-perfect delivery, make Try 😉 sound effortless. The truth, however, is that its creation was anything but simple: the songs were meticulously crafted with great effort, with plainspoken lyrics that thoughtfully reflect on self-empowerment, depression and appreciating the good in life.
“Light of Loving” is a particularly wild ride, with a stormy five-minute groove that ebbs and flows between skulking fuzz riffs and sudden explosions of careening drums. It was originally written as a looping drone that Jalbert performed during a solo set, and it took its final shape during an epic jam session with Wilson. “We jammed on it for four hours and recorded the entire thing,” Jalbert remembers. “By the time we were finished jamming, my hand hurt so badly I had to stick it in the freezer and ice it.”
Upcoming Tour Dates
July 16 – Calgary, AB – Coca-Cola Stage w/ July Talk (Calgary Stampede)
September 8 – Edmonton, AB – 99ten (Record Release Show)
September 9 – Calgary, AB – Circle The Wagons Festival