Trouble

by Jessi Robertson

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The shimmering, dreamy layers of piano, organ, and guitar on "Trouble" are anchored by a melodic bass line and strident drums. The melody hints at Miles Davis, suspended over rising Zeppelin-esque chords that breathe like a bellows. This moody dream-pop stands in stark contrast to the ominous lyrics that personify Trouble as both destiny and damnation, to either be embraced or killed.

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Lyrics:
Trouble follows me around
like gravity inexplicably pins me to the ground.
You roll in gray and blind me to the way
the real danger plummets down like a bird of prey.

Trouble, you always get your way.

And when you go too far
I’ll call you back into my arms.
You seduce me, you reduce me to my knees.

Trouble is never far away,
like a magnet’s field pulls me in until I can’t draw away.
Jealous of the sun, you’d keep me from the one
who could dissipate these shadows that I can’t seem to outrun.

Trouble, when will you be done?

And when you go too far
I’ll call you back into my arms.
You seduce me, you reduce me to my knees.

This will end in red before the night is dead,
that alone will atone for all the innocence you've bled.

Trouble, Trouble, Trouble

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released August 12, 2014
Written by Jessi Robertson
Published by Trash and Blossoms Music (BMI)

Produced by Omer Leibovitz
Recorded & Mixed by Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk

Instrumentation
Jessi Robertson - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano
Omer Leibovitz - Lead Guitar, Mini Moog, Roland RS-09
Alex Picca - Bass
Layton Weedeman - Drums

Cover Photo by Katie Basile. Art & Design by Jessi Robertson

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Jessi Robertson New York

In 2011, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Jessi Robertson released a study in memory called "Small Town Girls." On her upcoming album, "I Came from the War," the focus shifts to history, and how the inner and outer conflicts of the past shape a person's present. ... more

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