credit: Ismael Quintanilla III
Presented by Sounds from Ukraine
Raised in Corsicana, Texas, genre-bending "soul rock" songwriter Jalesa Jessie, aka Chief Cleopatra, always felt like an outsider. It is this outsider status, however, that has carried her all the way to the precipice of something big, with the March 4th release of her second EP, Luna, a follow-up to 2020’s S/T and her first on Park The Van Records.
"Luna" finds Chief Cleopatra delving deeper into her psychedelic soul roots and more experimental instrumentation, with featured production by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Walker Lukens and performances by Curtis Roush and Jack O’Brien (The Bright Light Social Hour). The first singles from Luna, “Friends” and "Dreamlights," were released in 2021, garnering praise and prompting comparisons to Santigold, and the full EP was released in March '22 to more shining reviews.
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