"A rabbit-hole of genres" is just one of the phrases used to describe the music of The Bleeding Obvious: the monicker of British musician, composer and producer Jessica Rowbottom. A former chorister at Wakefield Cathedral, Jessica principally plays piano and keyboard but her skills also encompass accordion, guitar and drums as well as a variety of home-built and circuit-bent electronic devices.
The styles encompass everything from pounding electronic club beats to orchestral soundscapes and soulful funk-pop - the music is emotional, reflective, joyful, frequently dark, almost autobiographical in places.
Her internationally acclaimed self-titled debut album The Bleeding Obvious was released in November 2016 where single track "Splendid!" receiving favourable radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 2 alongside local radio stations. It featured a variety of singers including Ruby Macintosh, Scott Wainwright, Ralph Dartford (A Firm Of Poets), Jacqui Wicks (Schwa) and Anthony Jackson-Stubbs (Paleday). Musicians from as far as St Petersburg and Seattle appeared, as well as a small orchestra assembled specifically for the occasion.
Throughout 2017 and 2018 Jessica toured her new work Rainbow Heart, a one-woman musical cabaret show and album exploring the coming-out process for LGBTQIA+ people through music, spoken word and comedy. Tour dates included Brighton, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Manchester and the show was part of Pride In London Festival 2018.
The recorded album itself includes talking-heads segments alongside more traditional songs; almost a hundred people of varying sexualities and gender identities were interviewed to form the work.
Late 2017 Jess released a standalone track "The Last Thought" in time for the Christmas season, a gentle song about being thankful for the support of a loved one, and in March 2018 she released an EP of remixes from the first two albums titled The Spectrum EP - her first release with a live band.
Jessica is openly lesbian and lives in Wakefield with her wife, their assorted offspring and her project studio.
On her work, Jess currently plays piano, synthesizers, toy piano, SN72489AN, drum programming, analogue drums and percussion, Hammond organ, church organ, SIDstation, ukulele, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, melodica, Omnichord, firewood lap guitar, Speak’n’Spell, V-Tech laptop, cajon, autoharp, Hybrid Music 5000, accordion, descant recorder, vocoder, saxophone, flute, Pocket Operators, telephone handset, cello, harpsichord, beatbox, marimba and riding crop.
Most works are recorded at her own studio in Wakefield.
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