One of the most remarkable singers of the contemporary British music scene is coming back to Prague after five years. Jessie Ware who began her career collaborating with future-facing figures such as Sampha, SBTRKT or Disclosure, is bringing her upcoming album Glasshouse to Archa Theatre on March 3rd 2018. Tickets (790 czk) go on sale on October 13th at 11 am via fource.cz, GoOut.cz and Ticketpro.
“Honestly, I was trying to rush this record. I felt like: ‘let’s get it done, let’s get it done!’ In hindsight, I realised I was only rushing because I wanted to have a baby. I had this massive urge and the thought of having to wait three years felt so shit.”
Jessie has spent the last three years working on her third album Glasshouse. The album is an exploration of family; both in the sense of the LA studio that became her home during the recording process and in the sense of the family Jessie has created in recent months. Almost curtailed by pressure from every side and with looming deadlines sabotaging Jessie’s creative process, Glasshouse is an album that may not have come together. Not until a defining moment in Jessie’s life where the stress and anxiety of delivering the record fell away and her songwriting began to coalesce around new themes after giving birth to her baby.
Glasshouse was largely recorded with Jessie’s long-term friend and collaborator Benny Blanco out in California. Like Dave Okumu and Two Inch Punch, Benny has been working with Jessie for almost a decade. Their connection is something of an extended family: they have fun, they babysit, and they tell it like it is. “We stayed in Benny’s pool house in January, the baby’s been to so many sessions – my mum would be telling someone to pour her wine while she’s passing the baby to Benny, and I’m running to the loo, it’s been so collaborative” laughs Jessie.
When tracks became over complicated, they were stripped back. Jessie spent hours listening to her musical heroes: Joni Mitchell, Nina Simon, Carole King and Aretha Franklin. She wrote with a renewed confidence. “It became an album for my husband and my baby. It’s an apology, a confession, a love note, a declaration… It shows all my fears and all of my emotion.”
Running throughout Glasshouse is a deep rooted sense of emotional honesty that comes from Jessie reuniting with the people she most feels most at comfort with. Jessie has returned to the most important collaborators – and crucially, friends – from her Mercury nominated debut, Devotion. Teaming up once again with Kid Harpoon, the pair dug deep and created the delicate ballad Alone, an emotive and impassioned ode to finding the time to be with loved ones.
Collaboration and curation were key to bringing Glasshouse together. For a studio version of fan favourite True Believers, Jessie tapped close friends Felix and Hugo White (The Maccabees). “It was a song for Sam, my husband, about escaping this weird world. I haven’t given up on these songs from the past and I have my best friends and favourite people on them.” Also appearing on the record is Ed Sheeran who co-wrote the album’s closing track Sam’s Song.