Jypsy Jeyfree: Jypsy Train
I met a lot of people during SXSW. I also don't remember meeting half of them because I managed to spend the great majority of the week inebriated, dashing manically from one side of Austin to the other, running more off adrenaline and coffee than sleep or food.
One person I encountered that I did NOT forget, was Jana AKA Jypsy Jeyfree. One morning, as we said farewell to our friends as they headed off on tour, and had to deal with a now-empty house, I hobbled over the street to say hi to our neighbours who we'd been part of a front-porch-singalong a few nights earlier. They were all in a similar state to us - destroyed by SX, dishevelled, nursing a hangover, and about to say goodbye to the friends that had filled their house for the past week.
Jana was one of the friends about to leave, and I couldn't help feeling a bit self-conscious standing there in my PJs as she stepped out on to the porch wearing a stunning black and white striped jumpsuit, with long, bright red hair and gold hoop earrings. We clicked straight away and started talking about music, and about her music, which I have only just now finally got around to listening to. Honestly, my favourite musical discoveries are always ones that happen in this natural way, getting to meet a person and have them describe their music and passion to you is always much more wholesome than finding the cool, new super-hyped band online in the blogging world.
Jypsy describes her music as 'trip-hop' but I think there are some great elements of soul and other genres in there too. Her voice is phenomenal, although she keeps it distant and hazy with an ethereal echoed sound in this song. Combine that voice with some catchy beats, some warped bass, and a video that looks something like a cross between Beyoncé and Brooke Candy on holiday in New Orleans, meets The Sound of Music/The Notebook, and you have "Jypsy Train".