When I was in the Navy, there were two kinds of beer -- free and cold. Rarely was the free beer ever good, neither was the cold beer for that matter -- far too much Natural Light in my younger days. But that doesn't always mean free is subpar. Sometimes it's awesome, like when I discovered Jessica Lea Mayfield from free music.
A few years back, iTunes gave away one of her tunes, Blue Skies Again, and I fell for it. I'm a sucker for a pretty voice, and she has one of the best. It's a perfect match for her style of alt-country.
The next day, I bought Tell Me and With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, and listened obsessively for weeks. Even today, almost 3 years since I first heard I'll include one of her tunes on "mixtapes" I make for myself. But, I am clamoring for something new from Jessica.
Alas, that dream has come true! Ahead of a new album out April 15th, Make My Head Sing, once again Jessica comes through with some free music. The first single, Oblivious, can be had here:
Yep, that's a free download. Free is good in this instance. At first blush, it's a departure musically from previous work, but I like it. Love it in fact.