After releasing her debut album We Need To Talk in 2009, Jessica badly injured herself falling from a hotel room window in 2010. Following a long rehabilitation, Jessica retrained as a nurse and now works as a mental health professional.
Her eventual 2017 return saw Jessica’s music sharpened and darkened into polished pop noir, and earned her raves from The Fader, I-D and Frankie Magazine.
New EP Downers strips away some of Do With Me What U Will’s glossy sheen and presents Jessica as a brittle Brill Building balladeer, with grand piano and cello sup- porting Venables’ stark, confronting lyrics. The EP was recorded by Evelyn Ida Morris (Pikelet) at Phaedra Studios.
Downers is Jessica Says at her rawest and most captivating. Her lyrical investigations into desire and illness are icily incisive, bleakly funny, and linger in the mind long after the last piano note echoes away.