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Jess Cornelius

Jess Cornelius was born and raised in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne, Australia, where she released three critically acclaimed albums as Teeth & Tongue. After relocating to Los Angeles, Cornelius released her 2020 album "Distance" under her own name, which garnered praise across the US, Australia, and the UK. Pitchfork called her “funny, self-effacing, and honest” and MOJO (UK) gave it 4/5, citing the album’s “gritty emotional territory that Cornelius surveys with her potent vocals.”

After US tours with Ty Segall and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Cornelius is set to release her second album CARE/TAKING on June 14 via Tender Loving Empire. On it she sings of personal upheaval with striking lucidity and emotional nimbleness; the lush arrangements feature glistening keys, distorted bass and saxophone while her melodies careen into unexpected places. On the woozy single “Back To the Mainland,” Cornelius’ voice cuts through the synth and string haze to sing, “Push your body through / Almost perfect / Almost like brand new.” It’s a poignant statement that even in the face of climate crises, political instability, and personal confusion, there’s resilience.

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Events featuring Jess Cornelius

Mar 14, 2024
2:15pm — 2:40pm
Presented by
SXSW DAY PARTY: Sounds Australia
Mar 14, 2024
9:00pm — 9:40pm
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Indie Rock
Professional Connections
Jess Cornelius is seeking the following:
  • Publishing
  • Sync/Music Supervisors