Phosphorescent alum Jesse Ainslie takes center stage with a new EP, City of Sorrow.
During a Phosphorescent tour opening for David Gray, Ainslie became close with Gray’s keyboardist James Hallawell. Hallawell invited Phosphorescent to Sawmills Studio in remote Cornwall. It was a freewheeling session of James’s and Jesse’s original compositions and a handful of covers. Ainslie recalls, “We were down by the river, taking canoe rides, feeding and taunting swans.”
Drawing on influences ranging from the tonal explorations of Warren Ellis to the delicate emotional landscape of Mark Knopfler and the ceremonial sonic apocalypse of the mighty Crazy Horse, Ainslie transmits raw emotion and the sublime power of redemption through exquisite, soulful guitar work, clear melodies, and insightful songwriting reminiscent of the great Warren Zevon.
City of Sorrow is supported by an all-star cast: keys by James Hallawell (David Gray, Florence and The Machine, The Waterboys); and the rhythm section includes Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck, Jeffrey Bailey, Scott Stapleton, Ricky Ray Jackson, and Christopher Marine.
Ainslie has recorded and toured internationally as a member guitarist and vocalist of Phosphorescent, Virgin Forest, and Castanets, and he has performed alongside Willie Nelson, David Gray, The National, and Deer Tick.
released February 10, 2018
Jesse Ainslie - vocals, guitar
James Hallawell - keys, vocals
Matthew Houck - guitar
Jeffrey Bailey - bass
Scott Stapleton - piano
Ricky Ray Jackson - pedal steel, guitar
Christopher Marine - drums
Recorded by John Cornfield at Sawmills Studio, Tywardreath, Cornwall.
Mixed by Hames Hallawell.
Produced by Jesse Anderson Ainslie and James Hallawell.
Mastered by Evan Bradford.
Artwork by Ripley Whiteside.
A&R: Brendon Massei.
All songs written by Jesse Anderson Ainslie.
Published by Epifo, ASCAP / Helio Liontari, ASCAP
except "Rambling Man" by Dickey Betts
published by Forrest Richard Betts Music, BMI / Unichappell Music, BMI